Beer Battles: A Summer Full Of Craft Brew Trademark Fights

By Bill Donahue (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.

Trademark experts and industry watchers have long expected the booming craft brew business to see a surge in trademark fights, as more...

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