John Wayne "Duke" Bourbon vs. Duke University

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  1. Dennis Nicholls

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    Well this is another idiotic trademark controversy.....

    My kitty Duke is not amused, even though he won't touch Bourbon.

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/07/john_wayne_vs_duke_university.html
    Maybe they should have gone for Marion Morrison Merlot instead.
     
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    Duke (university) sucks.
     
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    Duke University needs to chill out. This is a frivalous lawsuit of the most insulting kind.
     
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    I understand wanting to protect a trademark, but when your trademark is a very common word, you're going to risk looking stupid and petty on occasion.
     
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    Trademarks are supposed to make a "picture" pop into your head. The bottle shows an outline of John Wayne wearing a cowboy hat and holding a rifle The last thing that makes me think of is an institute of higher education.

    From a procedural point of view, John Wayne's heirs brought this suit to force DU to back off from making complaints to the USPTO challenging registrations. The reporters didn't report on the actual legal status but I'd guess they filed suit for declaratory judgment, asking for an injunction against DU.
     
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    Aha! Maybe Duke University also has something against restoration of The Alamo!
     
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    Is it true that Ransom Stoddard, Attorney-At-Law, studied at Duke's law school?
     
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    But that's all law West of the Pecos, isn't it?


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    When the legend becomes fact...
     
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    ....drink the legend.
     
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    :)

    ... which of course brings us fully back to John Wayne (and James Stewart and Lee Marvin).


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    Mike's quip and my rejoinder would make a good advertising slogan for the Bourbon.....

    Jimmy Stewart trained as a pilot right here in Boise, staying on for some extra months as a flight instructor. In his spare time he moonlighted playing the organ in the Egyptian Theater downtown.
     
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    Makes ya wonder who could look at this bottle and think of Duke University:

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    I suppose, though, anything is possible if one were to drink too much of the stuff.
     
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    :)



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    :laugh: Nice.
     

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