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John Wayne "Duke" Bourbon vs. Duke University


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted July 11 2014 - 12:06 PM

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

 

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

 

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Early last year, John Wayne Enterprises filed trademark applications for "Duke" and "Duke John Wayne" on alcoholic beverages.

According to John Wayne's son, the actor long wanted to bottle his own whiskey, of which he swilled plenty. Ethan Wayne is a partner in Monument Valley Distillers, makers of Duke spirits, the Post reports.

But Duke University has cut that effort off at the pass, filing an objection with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. And this is not the first time, either.

 

 

Maybe they should have gone for Marion Morrison Merlot instead.


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Posted July 12 2014 - 03:42 AM

Duke (university) sucks.


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Posted July 12 2014 - 01:23 PM

Duke University needs to chill out.  This is a frivalous lawsuit of the most insulting kind.


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Posted July 14 2014 - 10:34 AM

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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#5 of 15 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted July 14 2014 - 10:46 AM

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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Posted July 14 2014 - 10:53 AM

Aha!  Maybe Duke University also has something against restoration of The Alamo!


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#7 of 15 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted July 14 2014 - 08:19 PM

Is it true that Ransom Stoddard, Attorney-At-Law, studied at Duke's law school? 


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Posted July 15 2014 - 06:45 AM

But that's all law West of the Pecos, isn't it?

 

 

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#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted July 15 2014 - 08:39 AM

When the legend becomes fact...


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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#10 of 15 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted July 15 2014 - 10:54 AM

....drink the legend. 


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Posted July 15 2014 - 04:26 PM

:)

 

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

 

 

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Posted July 15 2014 - 05:33 PM

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

 

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Posted July 15 2014 - 07:15 PM

Makes ya wonder who could look at this bottle and think of Duke University:

 

duke10n-5-web.jpg

 

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


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Posted July 16 2014 - 03:56 AM

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

 

.............

 

  :)

 

 

 

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#15 of 15 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted July 16 2014 - 09:40 AM

:laugh:   Nice.


There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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