Real-Life Copycat Lesson #22: Atlanta-based Meal Prep Business Ends up in Escalated Trademark Battle with Large Corporation

20 November, 2019

An Atlanta-based small business owner tussles with a national big box store over defending it’s food brand.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #20: Musical Instrument Valve Oil Trademark Conflict

30 October, 2019

Al Cass Inc., founded by World War II veteran, inventor, and renowned musician Alfred “Al Cass” Cassinelli, has brought suit against an Indiana company that it claims is trying to steal its iconic brand for musical instrument valve oil.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #19: Construction Equipment Manufacturer and Local Coffee Shop Fight Over “Cat” Trademark

23 October, 2019

Californian coffee shop, Cat & Cloud, is one of a handful of small businesses with the word “Cat” in their name that construction equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar, has pursued for trademark infringement with respect to apparel.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #17: Famous New York City Museum and Tea Shop and Clash Over Similar Name

02 October, 2019

New York’s Museum of Modern Art, popularly referred to as the “MoMA,” raised a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Lower East Side tea shop and art gallery called Momacha. In the lawsuit, New York’s Museum of Modern Art accuses the tea shop-gallery combo of infringing on the museum’s trademark name and logo.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #16: Brewery Infringes on Trademark of Culinary Celebrity

25 September, 2019

Armistice Brewing of Richmond, California thought they had come up with the perfect name for their new beer, a pastry stout featuring 200 pounds of raspberry puree and two different kinds of single-origin cacao, and Madagascar vanilla. Even though it was intended as an homage, British food writer, Great British Bake Off judge, and TV host, Mary Berry, disagreed.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #15: Lumber Company and Medical Marijuana Dispensary Conflict Over Logo

18 September, 2019

Boise Cascade is an Idaho-based lumber company that makes and distributes wood building materials, with a distribution center and 135 employees in Westfield, MA. According to the lumber company, they have been using their “tree-in-a-circle” logo for more than 55 years. They’ve taken issue with New England Treatment Access (NETA), a recreational and medical marijuana dispensary with locations in Brookline and Northampton, MA, for using a similar tree in a circle logo to brand their business.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #14: Michigan Breweries Clash Over Similar Names

11 September, 2019

In 2018, Byron Station, LLC, a Michigan brewery, planned to open a brewpub under the name Railbird Taphouse and Brewery. Another Michigan brewery by the name of Railtown Brewing Co. notified the company that its planned brewery’s name infringed on their trademark.


Real-Life Copycat Lesson #13: ‘Armour’ Clothing Trademark Battle

28 August, 2019

Under Armour, the multinational manufacturer of performance apparel with reported revenues of $5.1 billion in 2018, believes that the small outdoor clothing company, Cascade Armory, is creating customer confusion with a name that’s too similar.


Real-Life Copycat Lesson #12: Produce Grower and Restaurant Name Fight

21 August, 2019

Los Angeles-based salad giant Sweetgreen is a chain of over 90 healthy eateries, selling salads in a fast-casual setting since 2007. In 2016, two entrepreneurs in Minnesota started a fresh produce business, My Sweet Greens, and their name has  become the latest problem for their growing business.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #11: Arcade Bar in the Pacific Northwest Battles Copycat

14 August, 2019

In early 2019, local restaurateur Mike Miller opened an arcade bar by the name “Level Up” — his second culinary venture in Kennewick, WA. As it turns out, he wasn’t the only one with the idea; “level up” is a common gaming phrase, and also the name of another arcade bar near the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, which opened in 2012.

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