Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Food Fight: What’s In a Name?

September 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Barry Lewin

When I tell people that I represent clients in the restaurant industry, they often ask me why restaurants would need any kind of intellectual property protection. Often they are surprised to learn that restaurants generally need the same types of intellectual property protection and enforcement as any other business. 

Name protection is probably the first thing that comes to mind, and with good reason. Protecting the brand is important to maintaining good will, and naming disputes commonly arise, which can cost restaurants in litigation costs. 

New restaurants, and new restaurant locations, open frequently and potentially take on names similar (or even identical) to established...

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