Miller’s Ale House, Inc. v. Boynton Carolina Ale House

Docket Number: 10-15140
Judge: Tjoflat
Opinion Date: December 20, 2012

Miller’s is a restaurant with a location in Boynton Beach, Florida, and Boynton Carolina is its competitor. At issue was whether Miller’s has common law trademark rights in the term “ale house” and trade dress rights in the interior decoration of its restaurant, and if so, whether Boynton Carolina violated Section 43 of the Trademark Act of 1946 (Lanham Act), 15 U.S.C. 1125(a), and the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 106, when it adopted a name, decor, and a floor plan similar to Miller’s own. The court held that the district court did not err in finding Miller’s trademark infringement claim barred by issue preclusion, in finding Miller’s trade dress not to be inherently distinctive, and in finding Miller’s and Boynton Carolina’s floor plans not to be substantially similar. View “Miller’s Ale House, Inc. v. Boynton Carolina Ale House” on Justia Law

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