EAST COAST VS. WEST COAST: Mother Earth Trademark Fight

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.


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  • by Southern girl Location: Gville on Oct 14, 2011 at 05:08 PM
    to me--If things are so much better in the west, please do not delay, gather up your carcus and head back where you came from. Life is too short to be unhappy, and to make those around you unhappy, because most of us LOVE it here, that is why we stay here.
  • by me Location: new bern on Sep 19, 2011 at 07:19 PM
    I'm from Vista CA, anything from the west is better than anything here especially Mother Earth Brew, Stone Brewings(San Marcos CA) Arrogent Basterd ale is the best though
  • by reel brews Location: here! on Sep 19, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    WOoooOOoOOooooooWEEEEEEEEEEEE gimmie some Bud Light Anonymous! Its bedderdan relations wit yer cousin! ferget 'boutn "Flavor" or "Taste" I just waana gemme some yeller water. Now hold my beer and watch this!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    Rest in Peace Biggie Smalls
  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    What's the big deal? Mother Earth beer is awful.
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      by Bloke on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:52 AM in reply to
      Not to mention the way the people act when you go in there. They try to act stuck up and like their beers are some kind of fine wine.
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