Celeb Chef Trampling Trademark, Cafe Owner Tells Judge

Law360, Boston (July 17, 2017, 4:52 PM EDT) -- The owner of a Boston cafe told a federal judge presiding over a bench trial in the city Monday that celebrity chef Christopher Kimball's new, similarly named venture will confuse customers.

Milk Street Cafe, owned by Marc Epstein, said in opening statements that Christopher Kimball's Milk Street infringes on its trademark and dilutes the brand Epstein spent nearly four decades establishing. The names of the two food-focused businesses were once even more similar, but Kimball, whose distinctive bow tie made him a recognizable figure on the...
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