Otter Creek Brewing (Shed Brewery) Files Trademark Opposition To Barnshed Brewing
With everyone claiming “craft” and starting suds factories, indie-brew outfits and fellow foamers have swapped secrets, recipes and collaborated to make killer one-off casks. Even more, mash makers have often taken up trademarks to protect their name(s). Once that level is reached, monikers and logos can become liabilities. That’s just what happened when Vermont’s Otter Creek Brewery (Shed Brewery) discovered New York’s Barnshed Brewing burgeoned a similar name to their northeastern neighbor.
While both breweries are housed only a state apart, Otter Creek’s headquartered in Middlebury, Vermont, and Barnshed’s making beers in Bethpage, Long Island, New York. But it was only a matter of time until a feud fired off. To break it down to bare-bones print, here are the “specs” on the tappers’ titles:
On January 10, 2012, Otter Creek filed the trademark of “THE SHED” (US trademark serial number 4194407). On May 22, 2014, Otter Creek filed the trademark of “SHED” (US trademark serial number 4614003). On February 27, 2015, Otter Creek filed the trademark of “THE SHED BREWERY” (US trademark serial number 4935038).
For additional understanding, absorb this excerpt from the Notice of Opposition document filed by Otter Creek Brewing. In the context below, the “Opposer” is Otter Creek Brewing, and the “Applicant” is Barnshed Brewing.
Get the whole thing here: TTABVUE proceedings. For those thinking of throwing together a craft brewery, before obtaining any equipment, be sure and study up on existing alers’ names and bolster a business plan correctly. Good luck!