Francis Ford Coppola Says Rival Eatery Infringes Mark

Law360, New York (April 4, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT) -- Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola filed a trademark infringement suit Monday in federal court accusing the owners of Tavola Italian Kitchen in Novato, Calif., of ripping off a mark used to promote Coppola's own line of restaurants.

The suit, filed by Coppola and his family trust, says the filmmaker uses the Italian phrase “a tavola,” or “to the table,” to market his eateries. The expression was inspired by Coppola's “favorite way of enjoying a meal” and describes a family-style dining experience, in which restaurant-goers don't receive menus,...
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