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Tasting Notes: When Alcohol Goods and Services Descriptions Matter

On December 11, I will be presenting a CLE on Brewery and Distillery Law, discussing trademark issues affecting breweries and distilleries. One of the topics that I’ll spend some time on during that presentation – and one...more

THE SLANTS Decision Affects More than a 2(a) and an (R)

In Monday’s decision in the newly minted, Matal v. Tam case, the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit decision that the Trademark Office’s refusal to register THE SLANTS mark on disparagement grounds was...more

A Duel Over DUO Leaves Only Uno

The never-ending battle at the Trademark Office over trademarks for beer and wine suffered another casualty last week, this time over the mark DUO. Applicant Uinta Brewing Company filed a use-based application to register...more

Dude, It’s Gotten GNARLY for Beer and Wine

Trademark issues regarding breweries and wineries are increasingly intertwined as both breweries and wineries grow, flower, and spread out throughout the country. I have talked before about the issues relating to a perceived...more

Bud…Bud-WINE-Err?

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

For Game of Thrones Beer, Quoth the RAVEN “Nevermore”

The HBO show “Game of Thrones” is a popular show for nerds and non-nerds alike. And if you also happen to be a beer nerd, Brewery Ommegang has been making a series of Game of Thrones-inspired beers in a collaboration with...more

The NORTH STAR Guides One to Trademark Issues

Minnesota is known as the North Star State – L’Étoile du Nord. The state of hipsters, unique dining experiences, bitter cold winters, gorgeous summer nights, and fantastic craft brewers also has an impressive craft cocktail...more

BLACKHAWK Down: Registration Refused Based on Relatedness of Wine & Beer

While the Minnesota state legislature ponders whether consumers should be able to purchase liquor on Sundays within the state, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has once again concluded that consumers are...more

I’ll Have CRISTAL With Some Ice, Please

Does the thought of Cristal with ice sound weird to you? Yeah, it did to me too – until I went to Mexico. I am not a discerning champagne purchaser, but I’m familiar with a few well-known champagne brands like Moet,...more

3/7/2014  /  Brand , Wine & Alcohol

I’ll Take a BLACK FRIDAY Beer, Please

I went to Best Buy on Monday to pick up a new modem (it probably would sound cooler if I said I was getting the Xbox One, but the truth is it was a modem). It’s been a little chillier than average here in Minnesota this...more

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