Irish Distillers wins legal case with brewer

11 July, 2018

Irish Distillers has won a trademark case with a British brewery over the name of its lager beer called Mideltone, created by Bucks Star Brewery.

The lager was launched by the brewery in 2017 and challenged by Irish Distillers due to its similarities with its Irish whiskey brand Midleton.

Datis Gol, founder and head brewer of Bucks Star Brewery told Business MK: “The IPO decided that our beer’s name was too close to the Irish Distillers’ trademark. 

“While I understand that Irish Distillers are simply protecting their brand, I do not agree with the IPO's decision. However, I will not be appealing it as we have more important objectives.

“The IPO's decision does not mean that we cannot continue using the name; we simply cannot have the protection that we were applying for.

“If we continue using the name, it is likely to form a wider legal dispute so this option seems to be the least likely at present.”





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Philip Duff

Make safety sexy

It was the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ annual dinner at the Lord Mayor of London’s residence Mansion House a few weeks ago, and as a junior member of the Gin Guild I was permitted to attend, provided I promised not to pinch any silverware and did a little light sweeping afterwards.

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