US: Beam Inc claims victory in Pucker trademark dispute
Beam says it will be allowed to continue with its branding as a result of the ruling
Beam Inc has welcomed a legal ruling in a trademark dispute over its Pucker flavoured vodka brand.
The case centred around the use of a woman's lip marks on the label of Beam's Pucker range, launched in 2011. JL Beverage Company had alleged that the use of the lips could be confused with its brand Johnny Love Vodka.
But, in a ruling last Thursday (14 March) at the US District Court of Nevada, Judge Du said that Pucker did not infringe copyright, according to a statement from Beam earlier this week.
“We were confident from the start in our position, and we are pleased the court has emphatically rejected the plaintiff’s claims and confirmed our right to continue using our unique and distinctive label design for Pucker Flavored Vodka,” said Kent Rose, Beam's general counsel.
JL Beverage had previously sought a preliminary injunction, which was rejected.
The company has yet to respond to a request for comment from just-drinks.
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