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Old 11-09-2012, 07:46 PM   #11
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Strange Brewing will have to change their name to "The brewery formally known as" haha

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Old 11-09-2012, 07:53 PM   #12
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Why would you form a business partnership with someone you have never met, and started only 2 years ago to enter probably a nano brewery scale when you have a business that's 15+ years old?

The brewery would only have things to gain from that relationship, nobody really knows who the hell Strange Brewing is, having their recipes at a brew shop really does nothing for them. If it was like Ninkasi/Stone or some other bigger micro brewery offering this it'd be a whole different story.
Until they win a medal at GABF, then everyone will want their recipes.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:59 PM   #13
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Why would you form a business partnership with someone you have never met, and started only 2 years ago to enter probably a nano brewery scale when you have a business that's 15+ years old?

The brewery would only have things to gain from that relationship, nobody really knows who the hell Strange Brewing is, having their recipes at a brew shop really does nothing for them. If it was like Ninkasi/Stone or some other bigger micro brewery offering this it'd be a whole different story.
I'm just thinking possibilities. I'm not telling them to lighten up and let it go. I think there could be a chance for a good thing for both rather than an all or nothing for one. As far as not knowing one another, rather than jump into yet another lawsuit in this country, offer to meet and discuss possibilities and potentials! If nothing productive comes out of it, then work out any naming difficulties.
In this day and age they can meet over video conference, we do it here in Alaska even.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:02 PM   #14
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Strange Brewing will have to change their name to "The brewery formally known as" haha
Which would be awesome.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:17 PM   #15
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Until they win a medal at GABF, then everyone will want their recipes.
They have won two medals at GABF

Dr. Strangelove Barleywine: Bronze in 2012
Gluten Free Lemon Pale: Gold in 2011

http://www.strangebrewingco.com/
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:33 PM   #16
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Such a waste of time and Money

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Your company, on the other hand, is a directly competitive enterprise, operating in a erritory in which my client has an established customer base, and you are using a name that is virtually identical to a name around which my client has spent 16 years building a reputation and securing Federal trademark protection. My client has no intention of allowing this valuable investment to be hijacked by another company, particularly where it appears that, at the time you adopted the name Strange Brewing Company, you were well aware, and on public notice, of my client's existence, business activities and Federal trademark protection.
I dont understand how any person could say they are direct competitors. I buy craft brew from craft breweries and my supplies from homebrew shops. I beleive most homebrewers will know the difference. I would be more confused by the fact that when I google "Strange Brew Homebrew" sites like http://www.strangebrew.org/ - a Homebrew club in oregon/washington, or http://www.strangebrew.ca/ a brew software program come up. I would also think think that the homebrew shops customer base is Colorado is well aware of the difference and probably supports both?

Didn't this happen with two breweries having similar beer names? Ended up that one of the breweries lawyers contact the other without telling its client? I dont know, just seems like a huge waste of time...unless the homebrew shop is trying to start its own brewery under that name?
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:50 PM   #17
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there is a big difference between being legally correct and morally right.

are they going after these guys too?
http://www.strangebrewaustin.com/
http://strangebrewcoffeehouse.myshopify.com/
http://www.strangebrewtavern.net/
http://www.strangebrew.ca/
http://www.strangebrewband.net/home.cfm
http://brewnk.com/
http://www.gocomics.com/strangebrew
http://www.thecauldron.com/ocean/host.php?page=0
http://www.strangebrew.org/
http://www.strangebrewfestpt.com/

I'm sure there are plenty more.



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Reading the letters from the lawyer, it seems like a decent request. He has the trademark for a pretty specific set of terms and the brewery is infringing on them.

You cant go open a Stone Brew supplies shop for similar reasons probably.

Yes its dickish and unnecessary, but it is the law. Also the fact that he has proof his company has been confused with the brewery by his vendors, he will win in court if he really does own the trademark.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:12 PM   #18
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I heard the way to make friends is having your lawyer do the introductions.

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The Strange Brew Band, who has been together since 1967, should sue Strange Brew Beer and Wine making Supplies. One good turn deserves another.

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A homebrew supply shop and a brewery can not be considered competitors in any way that makes sense. Seems frivolous to me, too bad it's going to cost the brewery a ton of money in legal fees.

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