« on: November 16, 2012, 09:27:59 AM »
Strange Brewhomebrew supplier is not adversely affected in my mind by the CO group's use of the name.
Strange Brew's trademark for the sale of homebrew supplies is not harmed by Strange Brewing's activities. But they do have a second trademark on the name for beer, filed in 2007, because they had 'intent to use' for a brewery themselves. I don't find the geography relevant in the dispute to be relevant, as both the existing Strange Brewing and the future Strange Brew breweries would doubtless enjoy distributing beer to each other's states if they could ever grow to that level; it may seem unlikely, but there is potential, and thus potential for market confusion.
I proposed the earlier hypotheticals to try and get people to look at this from different perspectives. The A-B one was to reverse this whole David-Goliath metaphor that some people are trying to perpetuate and illustrate who sympathies might shift when a different party is involved but the overall trademark situation is otherwise the same.