Will Lee v. Tam End The TTB’s Censorship of Beer Wine and Spirits Labels Found Obscene or Indecent?

As the US awaits a verdict in Lee v. Tam – a trademark dispute challenging a section of the trademark act (15 U.S.C. 1052(a)) refusing trademark registration for marks that are deemed immoral or scandalous, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s implementation and application of those restrictions – it would benefit us to be […]

New Case Asks When Does a Label Cross the Line From Homage to Trademark Infringement?

Keeping someone else from trading on your name is one of the many functions of trademark law.  When you’ve spent time and effort developing a brand, finding someone looking to cash in on your hard work can be irksome.  But the line between homage and trying to make a buck off someone else’s rep can […]

Make Sure Your Labels Follow These New Guidelines From the TTB for “Serving Facts” Statements

In 2007, the TTB issued Notice No. 73, a proposed rule entitled “Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits and Malt Beverages”.  That rule proposed an amendment to the current TTB regulations that would allow for optional content labeling similar to the nutrition facts we have for many other food products. The TTB hasn’t issued […]

Front of Packaging Labeling Q&A

For those of you with product lines that go beyond alcoholic beverages, the FDA’s regulations concerning front-of-packaging claims are a must know. Freeborn & Peters own David Ter Molen was published on Friday at Food Manufacturing in an informative Q&A on the risks and benefits associated with this type of product information.  If you’re looking […]