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New York Farm Distilleries Have Advantage in Barrel Programs

Craft distilleries are often interested in introducing barrel programs. These can be a regulatory quagmire because distilleries generally can’t sell at retail to the public in the three-tier system. Distillery owners see others doing it but just don’t know how … Continue reading

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Avoiding Trademark Pitfalls

Why Not Use A Low Cost Online Provider for your Trademark Registration? When someone wants to protect, they don’t just need a simple registration form completed and then filed. Frankly, anyone can complete a form. However, even a well prepared … Continue reading

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Federal Craft Beverage Trademark Protection May Be In Peril

  Federal Craft Beverage Trademark Protection May Be In Peril The “Flatizza” mark was applied for by Readi Spaghetti, a restaurant in Washington. Two months later the Subway franchise Doctor’s Associates Inc. applied for the same mark and filed an … Continue reading

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Pasta Passes not Passing Trademark Examiner

Darden Restaurants owner of Olive Garden, applied to register “Never Ending Pasta Pass” for its promotion giving customer’s unlimited pasta for seven weeks for $100.  The Trademark Examiner rejected the mark’s “Pasta Pass” as “merely descriptive” and requiring those terms … Continue reading

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AT THE CROSSROADS OF TRADEMARK AND LIQUOR LAW

Trademarks for the alcoholic beverage industry can be significantly different than trademarks in other industries.  There is a litany of regulations affecting alcoholic beverage production, distribution, and product labeling.  As they say, one size does not fit all.  I love … Continue reading

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Monster strikes again, this time against NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch

NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch engaged in a short lived trademark fight with Monster Energy Co. over his “Beast Mode” nickname. Lynch has “Beast Mode” registered as a trademark for his apparel brand, but he filed with the United States Patent and … Continue reading

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State of Texas intervenes in Breweries’ Alamo trademark dispute

Alamo Beer Co. LLC v. Old 300 Brewing LLC Texas has filed a motion to intervene in Alamo Beer Co. LLC’s trademark infringement suit against Old 300 Brewing LLC, asserting that the state has the exclusive rights to the “Alamo” … Continue reading

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Major Domestic Brewery Exhibits Innovation in Packaging

BUD LITE has introduced a re-closable 16 ounce aluminum bottle branded the “Cool Twist.” The packaging cost Budweiser $150 million in development costs. The international powerhouse invested a significant amount of money on the innovative and trendy packaging to position … Continue reading

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International Trademark and Service Mark Classifications of Goods and Services

When you register a trademark on the federal register, you are given priority rights to the name or logo within the goods or services class(es) that you pay for and list in your registration  We are often asked what these … Continue reading

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If You See Kay (say aloud slowly, then giggle when you get the innuendo)

The reverent Italian winery, If You See Kay Wines, named its Italian red blend “If You See Kay” with the tag line “no holds barred wine.” Pure genius. The marketing team gave the wine and its producer a real personality.  … Continue reading

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