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 […]

On 4 April 2013, Mark Baker filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Central District Court of California against Anheuser-Busch, LLC (and other defendants) for copyright infringement.[1] In 2010, Baker supposedly wrote three songs: “Irish Drinking Personalized Song1”; “Rock Anthem Personalized Song1”; and “Country or Rock Personalized Song1.”[2] Baker registered these songs with the United States […]

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