Wicked Weed leaves the ranks of Craft Beer.

Like everyone ever, I saw the Wicked Weed announcement yesterday about the “partnering” with ABInBev. I don’t normally spend a lot of time commenting on purchases of craft brewers by larger breweries. My general response is: “Good for them!” This is a business and it’s good to make money doing something you love. “That’s a bummer.”…

Brewing after the TTB

Just when you thought you were done with the TTB. . . . It is extremely important to keep the TTB informed about any major changes to your brewery, winery, or distillery. Anytime you have a “significant change” you need to update your Brewers Notice with a TTB Amendment. A “significant change” is generally: A…

Is incontestability contestable?

  Trademark Series: Part 2 In Part 1 of our trademark blog series (click here), we discussed the status of incontestability in trademark law. Incontestability seems like a sure thing- the registrant has exclusive right to use the registered mark in commerce. But, with all things legal, there are exceptions. Many people hear the word…

Unpaid Internships – Free Labor! Not Quite…

I originally posted this on our sister site over at http://www.jslawcenter.com/unpaid-interns-buyers-market-right/. But recently, I saw a very similar question discussed on a forum specifically for brewers and breweries. I thought I’d repost it here in case anyone is dealing with the same issues. Unpaid Internships – It’s a Buyer’s Market, Right? Many growing companies and businesses…

Employee or Independent Contractor?

In this (brief) post, I won’t go into why you might want to designate someone an “independent contractor” as opposed to an “employee,” but rather what you have to do to make that designation stick. Often, businesses want to avoid generating an employer-employee relationship and would prefer to have an Independent Contractor perform certain tasks…