Article Review: A Solid Example of a Small Business Not Checking Thoroughly for Trademark Issues and Paying for It Later

Beer had been flowing from the taps of Headwaters Brewing Company in Waynesville, NC for just a few months when the bad news arrived — a cease-and-desist letter from another brewery claiming rights to Headwaters’ name.

Victory Brewing Company out of Pennsylvania makes a beer called Headwaters Pale Ale, and while Headwaters Brewery had its name first, Victory Brewing beat them to the trademark punch.
Relevant articles
http://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/9607-headwaters-now-bearwaters-after-trademark-tangle
http://beerpulse.com/2013/01/victory-brewing-co-founder-on-dispute-over-headwaters-trademark/
http://beerpulse.com/2013/01/headwaters-another-startup-brewery-loses-name-to-regional-brewery-after-failing-to-trademark-it/

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