Sierra Nevada Facing Another 'IPA' Trademark Dispute

By Bill Donahue (March 23, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT) -- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. quickly escaped a lawsuit from a craft brew rival earlier this year over the use of "IPA" on labels for India pale ale beer, but now it's facing a new dispute from an Oregon brewery over the acronym.

The owners of the Oregon-based Fort George Brewery lodged a notice of opposition Saturday with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, seeking to block Sierra Nevada from registering "Four-Way IPA" — a line of four-bottle variety packs it sells. Fort George makes a beer called "3-Way IPA."

"Applicant's mark 4-WAY IPA is substantially similar to Opposer's 3-WAY IPA mark,...

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