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Kevin J. Fandl, J.D., Ph.D. is again leading a faculty trip to study innovation in Chile focused on wine. He sends the following message and attached flyer: Dear colleagues, I am pleased to share the attached invitation with all of you regarding an upcoming (January 2019) peer-to-peer faculty immersion in Santiago, Chile, organized by the Fox School of Business at Temple University as part of our Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) program.…
On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Supreme Court granted cert to a new case involving Granholm-like issues for the alcohol beverage wholesale and retail tiers. See Certiorari Granted. The case, Tennessee Wine and Spirits vs. Byrd Clayton, stems from a Tennessee law which requires in-state retail license applicants to satisfy residency requirements. The law requires that an individual applying for a retail license in Tennessee be a resident of the state for at least two years before…
The USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (“TTAB”) recently issued two relevant decisions to the wine industry. The decisions are summarized below. In re En Primeur Wines, Inc., Serial No. 87170488 (July 18, 2018) [not precedential]: En Primeur Wines, Inc. (“Applicant”) sought registration on the Principal Register of the mark MY EN PRIMEUR (in standard characters, with EN PRIMEUR disclaimed) for “on-line retail store services featuring wine” in International Class 35. Id. at 1. The Trademark Examining…
It is with great excitement that I share the launch of Jus Vini, The Journal of Wine & Spirits Law. Jus Vini is the new international journal on wine and spirits law edited by the University of Reims’ Wine & Law Program — A Jean Monnet Chair. The journal is a bilingual, peer-reviewed legal journal published twice a year (June and December) and promotes legal scholarship in the field of wine and spirits law. (The journal is…
The USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (“TTAB”) recently issued three relevant decisions to the wine, beer, and spirits industries. The decisions are summarized below. In re El Galan, Inc., Serial No. 86961428 (February 1, 2018) [not precedential]: El Galan, Inc. (“Applicant”) sought registration of the mark TERNURA in standard characters for “cigars” in International Class 34. Originally, the Trademark Examining Attorney refused registration under Section 2(d) of the Trademark Act for likelihood…
CLE International is again hosting its Wine, Beer, and Spirits CLE. This year, the program will take place in Chicago on October 4th and 5th at the Millennium Knickerbocker hotel. Attendees can earn up to 12 hours of MCLE credits including one hour of ethics. Registration is currently open and can be completed through its website here. There is an optional pre-conference session and welcome session. The pre-conference session will include a lecture on…
In October, I had the great pleasure of visiting the Champagne region and teaching a course on U.S. Trademark Law at the University of Reims’ Wine & Law Program. The University of Reims’ Wine & Law Program is directed by Professor Theodore Georgopoulos and consists of a full-year program (Master’s Degree) along with a summer program. (This year, the program was actually held in the fall which, as I quickly discovered, is a most excellent time…