Trade groups back Jack Daniel’s in dog toy lawsuit

Six alcohol trade groups have filed a legal document urging the US Supreme Court to reverse a trademark ruling regarding a dog toy that replicates a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, claiming it would promote irresponsible drinking. In 2018, Jack Daniel’s launched a lawsuit against dog toy maker VIP Products over its Bad Spaniel’s Old No.2 on your Tennessee Carpet product. The dog toy replicates a Jack Daniel’s bottle with black labels and white text and…

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Silk Road seeks new name for rum after trademark spat

London-based start-up Silk Road Distillers has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise funds for the relaunch of its white spiced rum following a trademark conflict over its name. In October last year, Silk Road Distillers claimed to have created a “brand new spirit category” with the launch of the UK’s “first” white spiced rum. The rum has now been temporarily retitled Rum with No Name after its co-founder George Agate was told…

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Halewood loses Vera Lynn trademark dispute

UK-based drinks producer Halewood International has lost a trademark battle against English singer Vera Lynn over its plan to launch a gin under her name. Halewood International, the Liverpool-based producer of brands such as Whitley Neill gin and Dead Man’s Fingers spiced rum, submitted a trademark application on 14 June 2018 for the use of ‘Vera Lynn’ on gin and other alcoholic beverages. The application was opposed on 1 October 2018 by Lynn’s lawyer Taylor…

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South Africa agrees to protect Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey has been granted legal protection in South Africa, the category’s seventh largest market by volume. According to trade body the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), the registration will give the industry a greater ability to combat fakes. It follows the IWA’s success in securing a certification mark for Irish whiskey in Australia in February this year. In South Africa, 4.43 million bottles of Irish whiskey were sold in 2017 – an increase of 4.5%…

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Aberdeen FC loses trademark battle over ‘Dons Dram’ whisky

Scottish football team Aberdeen Football Club has lost a trademark battle against Sherry producer Sandeman over its plan to launch a Scotch whisky under the name ‘Dons Dram’. In 2017, Aberdeen Football Club (FC) applied to register two trademarks – ‘The Dons Dram’ and ‘Dons Dram’ – for goods in class 33 for Scotch whisky at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The application was opposed by Port and Sherry producer Sandeman, which has the…

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