'IPA' Really Could Have Been A Trademark For Beer

Law360, New York (January 23, 2015, 10:41 AM EST) -- Can one brewery sue another to stop them from using a stylized version of “IPA,” a familiar acronym for the popular style of beer known as India Pale Ale? As you may have heard, the Lagunitas Brewing Co. just tried ... and it didn’t go so well. But things could have worked out very differently if Lagunitas had raised its claims back in 1995, a time when Lagunitas says it was the only one using “IPA” to market an India Pale Ale.

On Jan. 12, 2015 The Lagunitas Brewing Co. filed suit against fellow California craft brewery Sierra Nevada Brewing Co....

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