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FDA Seeks Input on Uses of “Natural” in Food and Beverage Labeling

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invited public comments on uses of the term “natural” in food and beverage labeling and whether “natural” should apply only to “unprocessed” foods. The FDA’s...more

Single-Payer Health Care Plan Makes Ballot, Beer and Wine Initiatives Filed

On Nov. 9, 2015, the Colorado Secretary of State announced that the proponents of a ballot measure to create a single-payer state health care system had submitted a sufficient number of signatures for the measure to appear on...more

Brandmarking: The Naked Truth About Wine And Beer - November 2015 • Volume 4, Number 5

In January 2009, an Australian company named Innvopak Systems applied to register WINEBUD as a trademark for (three guesses?) wine. Perhaps anticipating trouble, Innvopak expressly stated in its application – not once but...more

TTAB finds confusion between Winebud wine and Bud beer | World Trademark Review

In Anheuser-Busch LLC v Innvopak Systems Pty Ltd (Case No 91194148, August 19 2015) (precedential), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has found that the applicant’s mark WINEBUD for wine is confusingly similar to...more

Avoiding Holiday Liability

‘Tis the season to be jolly. While you are enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and planning this year’s office party, don’t forget to take a moment to assess the potential legal liability of company-sponsored holiday festivities....more

TTAB Makes Double Brown Ale Open to Nut Sack Mark

In a ruling bound to please 15 year-old boys everywhere, the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) reversed the Examining Attorney’s refusal to register the trademark NUT SACK DOUBLE BROWN ALE (in standard character...more

California Enacts Craft Distilleries Act

Craft distilleries are on the rise in the United States, growing at a rapid rate in recent years as tastes have trended towards cocktails and spirits. Recognizing the opportunity for further growth in this $10.3 billion...more


You might be familiar with the popular mid-90s commercials suggested by the title of this post. However, the intention of this post is about the use of trademarks on beer to refuse trademark protection for wineries and vice...more

Jury Awards $240,000 to Muslim Truck Drivers In EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

Star Transport Fired Truckers for Refusing to Transport Alcohol, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - A federal jury in Peoria, Ill., has awarded $240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as...more

Deadline Extensions Possible for Expanded Retail Accountability Program

The rollout of the newly expanded Tennessee Retail Accountability Program is meeting with some opposition as the first reporting deadline under the 2015 changes in the program approaches. In response to these concerns, the...more

Jagla Moderates INTA/OHIM Examiner Training Highlighting Business in Regulated Industries and the Regulatory Impact on Trademarks

A diverse panel of International Trademark Association (INTA) members met with Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) officials, OHIM examiners and representatives from the national offices in Alicante, Spain,...more

Handmade, Craft, and Imported: Alcohol Beverage Makers Battle False Labeling & Advertising Claims

In the past couple years, there have been several consumer class action lawsuits filed against alcohol beverage makers claiming that their labels or marketing campaigns are false or misleading. Several lawsuits have been...more

Food and Beverage Alert (US) - October 2015

FSMA will have major impact on dietary ingredient suppliers, expert says. The biggest change in food regulation in the US in the past 75 years will have a major effect on the suppliers of dietary ingredients, a food-quality...more

Update on New Orleans Zoning Ordinance

The new City of New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (“CZO”) became effective on August 12, 2015, but various interested parties have already begun the process of amending this newly-adopted ordinance. Last Thursday,...more

Prepare Your Brewery or Distillery to Raise Money

Raising capital can be very exciting, but it can also create a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety. Before you approach a bank, an individual investor, or a more institutional equity investor, be aware that these people...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Double Whammy in Maine’s Paper Industry - This past week, two northern Maine paper mills...more

Ohio Now Permits Limited “Outdoor Refreshment Areas” for Open Containers

Recently, the Ohio legislature passed, and Governor Kasich signed into law, House Bill 47 which permits Ohio cities and townships to designate areas in which individuals can carry open containers to drink alcohol in public....more

Winter Park Distilling Company Brews One-of-a-Kind Facility in Winter Park

Exciting things are happening with our client Winter Park Distilling Company which recently announced expansion plans of its new “Brewstillery” facility which will combine a craft distillery, brewery, taproom and retail...more

Trademark Review | September 2015

The TTAB Finds Confusion Between WINEBUD Wine and BUD Beer The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) found that Applicant’s mark WINEBUD for wine is confusingly similar to Anheuser-Busch’s (“AB”) BUD mark. The TTAB...more

Constitutional Right to Sell Beer?

Texas, like many states, has a patchwork of complicated, and often inconsistent, alcohol regulatory laws. A few years ago, Texas craft breweries were authorized to sell products to visitors for on-premises consumption. So, if...more

More Money May Be in Store for Distilleries

More favorable changes may be in store for distilleries that want to sell bottles on-premise to consumers in North Carolina. Proposed new North Carolina legislation would (1) expand the number of distilleries that can sell...more

Mega Merger Looming for the Beer Industry

The latest wave in the ever-changing and often turbulent waters of the beer industry is the potential merger of SABMiller with Anheuser-Busch InBev. This potential combination would create a brewery with nine of the world’s...more

ACA Menu Labeling Requirements: Draft FDA Guidance

The FDA’s 105-page final rule on chain restaurant nutrition labeling of menu items now has an associated, 53-page, draft guidance document, supplementing the FDA’s 132-page Food Labeling Guide, we learned from the September...more

Take a Bite Out of Taxation: The Core Issues of the CIDER Act

Interest in, and consumption of, hard cider is on an upswing in the United States. The hard cider market grew by 71 percent in 2014 with total cider sales jumping from just $78 million in 2011 to $470 million for the 52 weeks...more

Closing Time: Liquor License Considerations in Hospitality Transactions

In today’s increasingly competitive hospitality market, the closing timeframe of sophisticated hospitality transactions has become a significant point of negotiation between sellers and purchasers. One factor that frequently...more

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