Friday, April 18, 2014

Rogue vs. Rogue's Harbor

Oregon Brewing Company, the company behind the Rogue Brewery in Oregon, this week filed a lawsuit against a micro brewery in upstate New York over its use of the term "Rogue" in connection with beer.

Rogue Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the US (it was #27 in the latest Brewers Association rankings). It has been using the ROGUE name since 1989 and owns a federal trademark registration for the mark.

Rogue's Harbor Brewing is a micro brewery located outside of Ithaca, NY on the Finger Lakes Beer Trail. According to its website,
"We started brewing in 2011 offering 5 of our own craft beers... Every batch we brew produces 4 kegs offering plenty of beer to go around for the restaurant or for growler fills to take with you."


It appears that the brewery is connected to the Rogue's Harbor Inn, which is a bed & breakfast that has been open since 1830. See:

A copy of the complaint can be found here:

A Dog Fight

In case you thought you had heard it all when it comes to trademark battles between craft breweries, here is something for you. Yesterday, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company filed a lawsuit in Ohio Federal Court alleging that Sleepy Dog Brewery's use of the mark LEG HUMPER infringes its rights in the mark OLD LEGHUMPER.

-A copy of the complaint can be found here: