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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 #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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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #10: Barcade or Arcade Bar?

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.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #9: Coffee Brand Confusion

25 June, 2019

Can you tell the difference between Biggby and Bixby? Biggby Coffee, a Michigan-based brand, owns and operates 235 locations across 8 states, and has been using an orange and black color scheme and logo since 2008, the same year they received federal registration for the mark(s). In March, Biggby filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Texas-based coffee company of a similar name, Bixby.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #8: Fishy restaurant name infringement strikes in Cleveland

18 June, 2019

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #7: A “Lake Effect” trademark conflict

11 June, 2019

Upstate New Yorkers are more than familiar with the concept known as lake effect — as in lake effect snow. Now, lake effect is the subject of a trademark infringement case in Buffalo.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #6: Coffee-flavored Customer Confusion

06 June, 2019

The Absolut Company, a major liquor company out of Sweden and producer of Kahlua coffee liquors, have blocked a Hawaii company’s effort to trademark its Kaholo Kona Coffee.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #5: East Coast craft breweries in trademark dispute

14 May, 2019

Since 2014, Vermont’s Goodwater Brewery has been selling beer under the Goodwater name. It’s brews can be found as far west as Colorado and as far south as Virginia. In November, 2017, Virginia-based Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (LCCB), which sells its beer internationally, opened a pub by the name Lickinghole Goodwater Brewpub. Understandably, the Vermont-based Goodwater felt like they had a problem after hearing of the Virginia-based establishment through a loyal customer who asked whether the two businesses were related.

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