Could there really be any confusion between Strange Brewing Company, a two-year-old microbrewery in Denver, and Strange Brew Beer & Wine Making Supplies, a shop in Marlboro, Massachusetts? That's what the shop's attorneys think, and they recently sent a letter to Strange Brewing warning that "your continued operation of a microbrewery establishment under the name 'Strange Brewing Company' is causing and is likely to continue to cause consumer confusion, deception, damage to my client's good will, brand name and reputation, and constitutes a direct infringement of my client's federal trademark rights." There's more, of course (these lawyers appear to be paid by the word as well as the hour), as Jonathan Shikes reported here yesterday.
Response to the news that the popular microbrewery had been threatened with legal action came quickly. See also: - Strange Brewing faces a trademark threat from a Massachusetts homebrew shop - Strange Brewing opens biergarten, talks about expansion
Lawyers are loathsome. This is a revolting exercise in bottom feeding and stains the cooperative spirit that exists in the brewing community.
And this from cmorganphotography:
This is absurd, i fully support Strange brewing Company and their amazing beers! It looks to me like this person in Massachusetts is looking to capitalize on a more successful beer venture than he could manage to build in all these years! Classic case of conservative east coast attitudes trying to put a damper on anything good and fun that doesn't make them money.
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