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Empire Strikes Bock
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:35:42 PM »
Disney/Lucas Films is going after a brewery for possible trademark infringement. I agree that the name could lend one to believe that it is endorsed by Disney/Lucas


http://www.syracuse.com/drinks/index.ssf/2014/10/empire_brewing_battles_george.html

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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2014, 05:43:35 PM »
Yeah, in this case it looks to me like the brewery was hoping to capitalize on the trademark.  They should have known better.
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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2014, 05:47:32 PM »
Oh man, I hope they don't come after me for "Return of the Red-Rye"...
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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2014, 05:50:33 PM »
Yeah, pretty dumb on their part. After Starbucks sued over the 'Frappacino' beer a different brewery sold, these guys had to know what was coming.
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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2014, 05:55:08 PM »
Oh man, I hope they don't come after me for "Return of the Red-Rye"...


At least yours would have a larger character count and is missing two letters from the original. Back and Bock are pretty close. And as he noted in the article, "label on a bottle might make it appear like "Empire Strikes Bock." I'm sure they would try to get away with using a very similar logo in purple and all. Dude knew better and is now bathing in publicity as he is finishing the build out his production brewery.

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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2014, 06:10:33 PM »
Let's hope they don't get wind of New England Brewing's Imperial Stout Trooper.  Of course, they may have gotten approval for this when Lucas was in charge.

I have to side with Disney/Lucas on this one.  I think on the homebrew level, my Chinookiee Wookiee is safe.
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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2014, 06:33:32 PM »
the label specimen in their app does not give any graphic impression of the movie to me but the name is printed simply as "Empire Strikes Bock" which seems to an obvious enough play off of "Empire Strikes Back".  I think Disney/Lucas is in the right on this one.  IMHO 

It would be like trying to register "Kriseler" to selling my "City and Rural" mini-van. 

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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2014, 11:26:21 PM »
Let's hope they don't get wind of New England Brewing's Imperial Stout Trooper.

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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2014, 03:39:02 PM »
Wow, framing it takes a special brand of… Let's go with chutzpah. ::)
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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2014, 04:04:16 PM »
Remember - LucasFilm = Disney now...

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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2014, 07:02:26 AM »
Use of something like this in the marketing materials really?

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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2014, 05:41:36 PM »
Yeah, you're asking for it when you do something like that.
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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2014, 05:53:08 PM »
They had to be seeking the hype, even knowing they'd have to cease and desist. Nobody is that naive and dumb.
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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2014, 06:05:51 PM »
They had to be seeking the hype, even knowing they'd have to cease and desist. Nobody is that naive and dumb.

I take it you don't deal with the public.
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Re: Empire Strikes Bock
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2014, 06:06:55 PM »
They had to be seeking the hype, even knowing they'd have to cease and desist. Nobody is that naive and dumb.

Exactly. In other news, I just brewed my IIPA "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hop."
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