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Beer Wars Brewing Over Trademarks Reach a Crescendo

There has been a lot of news lately about the rising trademark turf wars building up in the craft beer brewing industry.   The latest combatants appear to have come back from the brink of litigation when Lagunitas owner Tony Magee called off his suit against Sierra Nevada over its planned release of “Hop Hunter…
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Now in Effect: New CA Law Boosts Consumer Free Speech in Online Reviews

California’s new law banning non-disparagement clauses in consumer contracts went into effect January 1, 2015.  The new law should allow online reviewers who write about poor customer service or product experiences to stop looking over their shoulders for shakedowns like the one suffered by a Utah couple back in 2013.  This law, as well as a…
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WIPO Warning Highlights Trademark Registration Scammers

Here’s the scenario: you recently filed a trademark application to register your mark with the USPTO and of course, paid the fee. Within weeks, you received a very official-looking correspondence from an organization that sounds strikingly similar to the USPTO, but something is not quite right. For starters, they are asking for more money, but…
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