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    Petaluma’s Lagunitas brewery suing Sierra Nevada over trademark

    Petaluma?s Lagunitas brewery suing Sierra Nevada over trademark | The Press Democrat

    Ruh-oh... what the hell is going on here? Me don't understand Lagunitas. Suing because of the use of the words 'ipa' in the logo?
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    Distributors have already contacted Lagunitas, according to the suit, expressing their concern over confusion in the marketplace between the two brands.
    One would have to be a complete dolt to confuse those two packages as being the same beer.
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    New here.

    FFS Lagunitas, just have a little Sumpin' Sumpin' and get over it!

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    Wow! Maybe Tony decided to sue after one of Lagunitas' infamous 4:20 breaks?



    (if anybody's got a lawsuit, it's the Brew Dog guys versus Sam Adams for their Rebel IPA label)

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    “Today was in the hands of the ultimate court; The Court of Public Opinion and in it I got an answer to my Question; Our IPA’s TM (trademark) has limits,” according to a tweet posted to Magee’s account.

    “Today I was seriously schooled & I heard you well,” another tweet by Lagunitas CEO, Tony Magee declared.
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    Unfortunately the damage is done. When I first heard about this my reaction was pretty much "I hate it when mommy and daddy fight!," but after reading the legal documents and taking Lagunita's history into account I'm done with their beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    “Today was in the hands of the ultimate court; The Court of Public Opinion and in it I got an answer to my Question; Our IPA’s TM (trademark) has limits,” according to a tweet posted to Magee’s account.

    “Today I was seriously schooled & I heard you well,” another tweet by Lagunitas CEO, Tony Magee declared.
    I saw that, was pretty funny.

    At least he owned up and dropped the case.


    Sierra Nevadas reply was epic: "We’ve been making IPAs since ’81, and put it in big letters on the label so folks know they’re getting an IPA because kidz today like teh IPAs.”
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    I've never had one Lagunitas beer that I thought was great. Everything they make is just so-so, especially their IPA. Granted, when I was at Sharkey's (douchy bar) for a bday, they has Lagunitas IPA and it pretty much saved my night.

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    Fine line really, yeah there are similarities with the big IPA in the centre, but with the text through the middle I'd say it was different enough (perhaps if it was underneath they would have a point?). Yeah it sucks, but still not as bad as one of the big corporates here trademarking the word "Radler"...

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    Not cool Lagunitas! Sierra Nevada has been around a long time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRRoubaix View Post
    Wow! Maybe Tony decided to sue after one of Lagunitas' infamous 4:20 breaks?



    (if anybody's got a lawsuit, it's the Brew Dog guys versus Sam Adams for their Rebel IPA label)
    I noticed this a few month ago. Punk, Rebel, packaging a blatant ripoff!
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    Good to know. Never loved Lagunita's beer anyways, aside from a handful of their seasonals. This'll make it easier to not buy.

    And Sierra Nevada's beer is way better than theirs too.

    So there. lol

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    Falstaff/Pabst shoulda sued all of 'em! Ballantine IPA was the first

    It was primo in the '70's and '80's. Looks as though they are doing a craft version of it now that I'ma havtah try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiang Mai View Post
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    I noticed this a few month ago. Punk, Rebel, packaging a blatant ripoff!
    If you know anything about the owners of Brew Dog, they could care less and I doubt they would ever sue another brewer that was not AB InBev. Instead they would just make a funny video outing the opposition and work a online viral campaign to shame the other party. Brew Dog is just awesome that way, plus them make some great beers.
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    Petaluma’s Lagunitas brewery suing Sierra Nevada over trademark

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    Petaluma’s Lagunitas brewery suing Sierra Nevada over trademark

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    If you know anything about the owners of Brew Dog, they could care less and I doubt they would ever sue another brewer that was not AB InBev. Instead they would just make a funny video outing the opposition and work a online viral campaign to shame the other party. Brew Dog is just awesome that way, plus them make some great beers.
    Yeah imitation is flattery or whatever but Brewdog is awesome. Really like the idea behind limited edition beers bottled in taxidermically preserved varmint skins. Looking forward to checking out their brewpub in Roppongi, supposedly opened last year.
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