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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
02 July, 2019
The Des Moines bar, Up-Down, is a self-proclaimed “barcade” combining alcohol and arcade games. The “barcade” identifier, however, is causing them some trouble with the Brooklyn-based Barcade that owns locations in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. The Brooklyn Barcade also owns trademarks on the term “barcade,” covering bars, beer koozies, t-shirts and even Barcade software.