Maine company sues Logboat Brewing Co. over beer brand – Columbia Missourian

COLUMBIA — The largest brewery in Maine is unhappy about a wheat beer produced by Columbia-based Logboat Brewing Co.

Shipyard Brewing Co. in Portland, Maine, sued Logboat on Monday, claiming its ginger wheat beer called “Shiphead” uses a logo similar to that of Shipyard’s signature export ale beer.

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri claimed Shiphead is visually and phonetically “nearly identical” to Shipyard’s trademark.

According to the document, the term “ship” has long been used in the names of Shipyard beers, including Shipwear and Ship Happens. The term “head,” too, can be found in company products, including Pumpkinhead, Melonhead and Applehead.

The company also argued in the lawsuit that Logboat’s packaging uses the same color scheme and similar concepts to that of Shipyard products. Shipyard claims that the woman in the Logboat brand wears a schooner on her head similar to Shipyard’s well-known schooner logo.

“These beer-name issues are a frequent and hard-to-avoid situation in a thriving craft beer trade with so many breweries and brands of beers,” Shipyard founder Fred Forsley told the Missourian in an email. 

Logboat denied any allegations of trademark infringement through social media posts on Tuesday, saying the Shiphead ginger wheat trademark has been successfully registered since July 2015 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

“Logboat’s mark was never challenged during the registration process as being likely to cause confusion with the trademark of any other party,” the company repeated in posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

According to the complaint, Shipyard is seeking an injunction against the use of the Shiphead trademark, as well as damages from lost profits and attorney fees and costs.

The Maine brewery also is seeking money

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