What the F*ck Can I Name My Beer, Spirit, or Wine?

Jul. 27, 2017

According to the Supreme Court Ruling on Trademark Law, It Doesn’t Matter! In June 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that prohibits the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in certain situations from rejecting potentially offensive trademark requests based on the grounds that it may be potentially disparaging. One issue that the court […]

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Tip Pooling Among Employees: Do Not Jump Right In

Jul. 19, 2017

Last week, a judge ruled in favor of a former bartender from Surly Brewing Co., who filed suit against the brewery on behalf of over 100 current and former bartenders and wait staff who have worked at Surly starting in 2014.  The lawsuit claimed that Surly violated Minnesota law by requiring servers and bartenders to […]

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Descriptive Trademark Vs. Suggestive Trademark Issues: Mixed Culture

Jul. 11, 2017

Fair State Brewing Cooperative throws an annual party celebrating wild, sour, and mixed fermentation beers entitled “Mixed Culture,” a name they wanted to make sure was protected. Thus a trademark application was filed with the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). The PTO, however, initially responded that the mark was “merely descriptive.” In response to the […]

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