Beer Battles: A Summer Full Of Craft Brew Trademark Fights

Law360, New York (September 22, 2016, 8:22 PM EDT) -- You’re not imagining it: This summer has seen a spike in new trademark disputes between craft brewers, as a growing number of breweries clash over a finite number of interesting names.

Since the start of June, at least eight microbrew-versus-microbrew trademark lawsuits have been filed in federal courts, adding to the many that were already pending when the season began. And that’s not counting several more that pitted craft beer makers against wineries, distillers, restaurants and other such foes.

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Case Title

GREAT DIVIDE BREWING COMPANY v. RED YETI BREWING COMPANY, INC.


Case Number

4:16-cv-00084

Court

Indiana Southern

Nature of Suit

840(Trademark)

Judge

Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch

Date Filed

June 3, 2016


Case Title

v. Prescott Brewing Company et al


Case Number

3:16-cv-08156

Court

Arizona

Nature of Suit

Property Rights: Trademark

Judge

G Murray Snow

Date Filed

July 11, 2016


Case Title

Fermented Projects, LLC v. The Modern Brewery, Inc.


Case Number

4:16-cv-01163

Court

Missouri Eastern

Nature of Suit

Trademark

Judge

David D. Noce

Date Filed

July 15, 2016


Case Title

Bootleggers Brewery, LLC v. Abita Brewing Company, Inc. et al


Case Number

8:16-cv-01390

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Trademark

Judge

James V. Selna

Date Filed

July 26, 2016


Case Title

Humulus Lupulus Enterprises, Inc. v. Fireman's Brew, Inc.


Case Number

1:16-cv-00963

Court

Texas Western

Nature of Suit

Trademark

Judge

Sam Sparks

Date Filed

August 11, 2016


Case Title

Big Storm Brewery, LLC v. Due South Brewing Co. Inc.


Case Number

8:16-cv-02405

Court

Florida Middle

Nature of Suit

Trademark

Judge

Steven D. Merryday

Date Filed

August 22, 2016


Case Title

Smokehouse Brewpub, LLC v. Lucid Brewing LLC


Case Number

0:16-cv-02871

Court

Minnesota

Nature of Suit

Trademark

Judge

Patrick J. Schiltz

Date Filed

August 24, 2016


Case Title

Eel River Brewing Company, Inc. v. Duck Foot Brewing Company, LLC


Case Number

2:16-cv-06873

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Trademark

Judge

John A. Kronstadt

Date Filed

September 13, 2016

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