Schlafly Trademark Case Headed To Trial

Photo courtesy of Schlafly
Courtesy of Schlafly

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that trademark dispute involving the makers of Schlafly beer and conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly should be decided in a trial.

The St. Louis Brewery LLC, which has produced beer under the Schlafly brand name since 1991, has sought since 2011 to trademark the name “Schlafly” for its brewing operations. The company wanted the case decided in an administrative ruling rather than a trial.

St. Louis lawyer Tom Schlafly co-founded the brewery, which has expanded sales to 14 states and Washington. But Ladue resident Phyllis Schlafly, Tom’s aunt who has no connection to the brewery, filed an opposition to the trademark request in September 2012, arguing that the word Schlafly has no usage or meaning other than as a last name.

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