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Old 03-03-2011, 11:22 PM   #1
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So a startup brewery in TN is getting sued by a brewpub in NM because the brewery name contains the same word: Marble City Brewery vs Marble Brewery.
I personally don't see the grounds for suit especially since their distribution markets were initially no where near each other. Am I just being biased to support the little guy? What does everyone think of this?

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Old 03-03-2011, 11:29 PM   #2
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It's happened before and it will happen again. Overzealous protection of trademarks, future markets, yadda yadda yadda. Personally, I'm with you in that I find it petty and turns me off from doing business with companies like that.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:00 AM   #3
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On the flip side, it isn't that hard to do some due diligence on the web. I live in the Copper state, but naming a brewery with Copper in it might get me, at the very least, dirty looks by about a half dozen other breweries (all out of state).
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:09 AM   #4
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On the flip side, it isn't that hard to do some due diligence on the web. I live in the Copper state, but naming a brewery with Copper in it might get me, at the very least, dirty looks by about a half dozen other breweries (all out of state).
so is that to say that there can also never be another 'dog' or 'coast' brewery?

 
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:12 AM   #5
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YOU people are really getting me PO'd...looks like the homebrew community is about to become a little hostile. It's GO time!!
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:42 AM   #6
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so is that to say that there can also never be another 'dog' or 'coast' brewery?
I wouldn't.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:01 AM   #7
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so is that to say that there can also never be another 'dog' or 'coast' brewery?
No, but what about Dog head, or Dogfish? That would be more on the level of what's going on here. Marble Brewery and Marble City Brewery are just too darn close. It's just one left out word. I don't see why the latter brewery can't just change their name and chalk it up to, "Darn... we didn't get to it first".


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Old 03-04-2011, 01:33 AM   #8
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I could see the confusion, because I buy my tires at Firestone Walker.

 
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:53 AM   #9
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:29 AM   #10
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Wow, thanks for sharing that. I for one am appalled by that. Firstly, I think having the ability to patent or trademark the shape of a glass is plain daft. It's just a shape! No one holds a patent for a weissbier glass shape, or a pint glass, or a Kwak style glass. I mean give me a break. I've drank Sam out of their glasses and typical pub glasses like the usual Guiness/Sam Smith shape and I've never noticed any difference. I think their marketing campaign for it is all BS hype.

That whole thing reminds me of people trying to trademark simple generic slogans like Paris Hilton or Lohan trying to sue E-Trade for using the name Lindsay.


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