Over the last several years the growth of craft beer and the consumer demand have grown exponentially.  With this growing demand, more breweries and brew pubs are opening every year. The number of breweries in the United States is at a level not seen since the end of the 19th century.  At the same time, […]

On 16 April 2014, Oregon Brewing Company filed a trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition action in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York against Rogue’s Harbor Steak & Ale, Inc. Oregon Brewing Company, an Oregon-based brewery, brews and sells a variety of beers under its federally-registered “Rogue” mark. […]

DuClaw Brewing Company is a Maryland-based brewery that was formed in 1995. DuClaw brews a variety of beers and sells them under novel names, including “Bad Moon Porter,” “Kangaroo Love,” and “Sweet Baby Jesus.” DuClaw owns over 30 registered trademarks for its beer products.[1] Two other of DuClaw’s beers include “Black Jack Stout” and “Sawtooth,” […]

Pacific Beer

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co., a craft brewery and taproom in Tacoma, Washington, has filed a trademark application to register the mark “Pacific Beer.” Per Pacific Brewing’s website, the brewery was formed in 1897 and “grew to be one of the largest breweries in the Northwest.” After state prohibition in 1916, however, the brewery shut down […]

Madison Vineyard Holdings, LLC has filed a complaint[1] seeking a declaratory judgment that its “Jamieson Ranch Vineyards” mark does not infringe on trademarks for Jameson whiskey. Madison Vineyard owns and operates a winery in Napa County, California under the mark “Jamieson Ranch Vineyards.” Presumably, the name is derived from the vineyard being “located off of […]

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association has filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. The complaint alleges that an Indiana statute that denies certain retail-permit holders from selling refrigerated beer, while allowing the sales at package liquor stores, creates “an irrational and […]

Diageo North America, Inc.- the maker of Crown Royal- is attacking Mexcor, Inc. again to protect its Crown Royal brand. Back in February 2013, Diageo filed a lawsuit in New York federal district court against Mexcor for disparaging advertisements regarding Diageo’s Crown Royal brand. In the complaint, Diageo took issue to the advertising of Mexcor’s […]

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