Monday 2 February 2015


This week we start of reviewing some tasty litigation…. Yummm!

Another Day, another Seemingly Ridiculous Brewery Squabble

Posted By Anna Roth

Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 3:14 PM

“Earlier this week, you may recall that Lagunitas filed a lawsuit against Sierra-Nevada ostensibly for copyright infringement on the kerned letters “IPA” on a label. A day later, Lagunitas founder Tony Magee announced that the brewery was dropping the suit.”

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Another brouhaha: Tiny brewery changes name after winery action

By Kale Williams

Updated 8:39 am, Sunday, January 18, 2015

    “The brewery formerly known as Cambria Beer Co. is searching for a new name after the Kendall-Jackson winery officials asserted trademark status over the name Cambria, the moniker of one of the winery’s estates.”

“It seems as soon as one craft beer controversy goes flat, another one comes to a head.”

“Days after the brouhaha surrounding a trademark lawsuit by Lagunitas Brewing of Petaluma against Sierra Nevada of Chico, a tiny beer maker on the Central California coast has found itself in search of a new name after being told by one of California’s biggest wineries that it was infringing on a trademark and it would either have to pay a licensing fee or face legal action”

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Can an IPA Beer Trademark Be Confusingly Similar to a Wine? 

By Ryan Sirianni

January 14, 2015

“An IPA is not a wine; a wine is not an IPA.  But an opinion last year from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board suggests that, at least before that tribunal, you’d be wrong.”

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Watching the litigation in Florida is almost as much fun eh?


Are Florida’s craft beer breweries in trouble?

Yvonne McClellan,

 12:46 p.m. EST January 16, 2015

“Beer distributors and retailers are challenging the way the state issues licenses to breweries with tasting rooms – a move that might eliminate drinking local beer at breweries altogether.”

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Craft Brewery Licensing Challenged

Brendan Farrington
The Associated Press

“TALLAHASSEE | Florida liquor stores and beer distributors are challenging the way the state issues licenses allowing craft breweries to sell their products in tasting rooms, a move that brewers say could put dozens of breweries out of business or, at the very least, halt rapid growth in the industry.”

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And that’s how things are looking on the benches of the American Legal System…