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Court Finds Trademarked Words Can Be Used To Describe Property’s History

On July 14, 2017, the Eastern District of Kentucky found that the use of trademarked words to describe a property’s history is not trademark use.

In 2014, Peristyle, LLC purchased the abandoned Old Taylor Distillery in Millville, Kentucky, hoping to exploit its unique history.  The distillery was built in 1887 by Colonel Edmund H. Taylor, considered by many to be the father of the modern bourbon industry.  Peristyle renamed the property “Castle & Key,” intending to do all its whiskey-related business under that name; nevertheless, a historic sign at the property’s entrance reads “The Old Taylor Distillery Company,” and throughout the renovation period, Peristyle and the media often referred to the location as “the former Old Taylor Distillery” or simply “Old Taylor.” Continue reading

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