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Brewery Vivant founder on trademark dispute with Tired Hands

I made them aware that we already had a brand in the market that we distribute with a very similar name.  I let them know that as long as they kept their beer as an in-house pub beer I had no problem with the similar name.  However, if they ever chose to distribute this beer, we would have issue with the name.  I congratulated them on their opening and asked them to get back with me. I got zero response from this email.

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5 thoughts on “Brewery Vivant founder on trademark dispute with Tired Hands

  1. I get that there was an issue at the Craft Brewers Conference. Still, neither one of you are available in same area(s), in fact it’s not even close. You guys should’ve worked out an arrangement before you forced Jean to change the name of one of his flagship beers.

    The litigious nature of the brewing industry is quickly becoming a real turn-off.

  2. We’ve had a Tired Hands collab beer released in Chicago. Vivant is big in Chicago, we love their beer. Tired Hands didn’t bother at all to respect what other breweries have done. It’s only a matter of time before Tired Hands is available in Chicago. “The litigious nature of the brewing industry” exists because much of craft brewing is a lot of amateurs making beer who know nothing about business and laws. And laws matter. Arguing about the word “elf” is one thing, but calling a beer the same name as someone else but without a space in the middle is just sloppy. Tired Hands needs to grow up and put some work in before they name beers. If Boo-urns is turned off by “the litigious nature of the brewing industry”, there’s tons of Miller High Life and Bud Light waiting for him/her to enjoy.

  3. Or jean could’ve researched and realized a name of a beer existed with that name already. If they gave them terms and they were unwilling to abide by that then it’s on tired hands. I think the offer was fair.

  4. This stuff shouldn’t even be news. People have the right to defend their intellectual property. This protection is fair and equal under the law. Craft brewing is no different than any other consumer product. If you infringe on someones intellectual property, then you are subject to this type of dispute. Plain and simple.

  5. “Craft brewing is no different than any other consumer product.”

    The industry disagrees with this notion. As long as the picture is painted that this industry is collaborative unlike other industries, trademark disputes will continue to be big news items. As the industry matures and these companies continue to be covered more and more like regular businesses, the disputes will become less of a story.

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