A popular Kinston brewery says it won't have to change its name, even though it lost a trademark dispute with another closely-named brewery on the other side of the country.
The owners of Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston aren't saying much about last month's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision which dismissed its trademark invalidation case against Mother Earth Brew of Vista, California. The California company says it can now ask Mother Earth Brewing to stop using the name. Both are microbreweries.
Daniel Love, from the Mother Earth in California, tells WITN News that he trademarked his name 30 days before the Kinston Mother Earth did so in 2009. Love says the trademark case was dismissed on August 22nd "with prejudice", according to Love that means the Kinston company cannot appeal.
When contacted Monday, Trent Morgan in Kinston said he couldn't speak with us about legal matters.