Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. and Butchertown Brewing Inc. are engaged in an intellectual property dispute over the use of “Butchertown” in the forthcoming brewery’s name.Andy Cobb, owner of Butchertown Brewing, posted a GoFundMe campaign July 27, to raise $5,000 to go toward legal fees associated with establishing his right to use “Butchertown” in the name of his brewery.Copper & Kings sent a cease-and-desist letter to the brewery April 29 for the use of “Butchertown” in the business’ name, as records from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), show Joe and Lesley Heron, founders of Copper & Kings, have held the trademark for “Butchertown” on beer, ale, lager, stout, porter and shandy products since 2013.The couple additionally own the “Butchertown” trademark on several other goods, including non-alcoholic beverages – namely carbonated — as well as on brandy spirits like for the “Butchertown Bloody,” which is served at the distillery.Cobb said his application to trademark “Butchertown Brewing” was rejected by the USPTO so he filed an appeal with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the USPTO to cancel Copper & Kings’ trademark of “Butchertown.”Cobb said his appeal was on the grounds that the mark is “primarily geographically descriptive,” which means that because “Butchertown” is a generally known geographic location, it cannot be trademarked.Heron, who operates his distillery at 1121 E. Washington St., said the intellectual property dispute is not a personal issue between the two companies but simply a business issue.“We believe it’s intellectual property we must protect,” Heron said in an interview. “If you have a trademark, you need to protect your mark, otherwise it becomes at worst, invalid, at best, kind of dilute. When it comes to somebody raising a GoFundMe, that’s well within his rights to do that.”Butchertown Brewing has been working toward opening its small-batch craft brewery at 1860 Mellwood Avenue since October. Cobb said he just received approval to begin building on the brewery and expects it will be operational in the next few months.Click here to get the full story from Louisville Business First.

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. and Butchertown Brewing Inc. are engaged in an intellectual property dispute over the use of “Butchertown” in the forthcoming brewery’s name.

Andy Cobb, owner of Butchertown Brewing, posted a GoFundMe campaign July 27, to raise $5,000 to go toward legal fees associated with establishing his right to use “Butchertown” in the name of his brewery.

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Copper & Kings sent a cease-and-desist letter to the brewery April 29 for the use of “Butchertown” in the business’ name, as records from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), show Joe and Lesley Heron, founders of Copper & Kings, have held the trademark for “Butchertown” on beer, ale, lager, stout, porter and shandy products since 2013.

The couple additionally own the “Butchertown” trademark on several other goods, including non-alcoholic beverages – namely carbonated — as well as on brandy spirits like for the “Butchertown Bloody,” which is served at the distillery.

Cobb said his application to trademark “Butchertown Brewing” was rejected by the USPTO so he filed an appeal with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the USPTO to cancel Copper & Kings’ trademark of “Butchertown.”

Cobb said his appeal was on the grounds that the mark is “primarily geographically descriptive,” which means that because “Butchertown” is a generally known geographic location, it cannot be trademarked.

Heron, who operates his distillery at 1121 E. Washington St., said the intellectual property dispute is not a personal issue between the two companies but simply a business issue.

“We believe it’s intellectual property we must protect,” Heron said in an interview. “If you have a trademark, you need to protect your mark, otherwise it becomes at worst, invalid, at best, kind of dilute. When it comes to somebody raising a GoFundMe, that’s well within his rights to do that.”

Butchertown Brewing has been working toward opening its small-batch craft brewery at 1860 Mellwood Avenue since October. Cobb said he just received approval to begin building on the brewery and expects it will be operational in the next few months.

Click here to get the full story from Louisville Business First.

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