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Pacific Ale court hearings conclude

April 18, 2016
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pacificaleThe Federal Court on Friday heard closing submissions from Stone & Wood and Thunder Road in the ‘Pacific Ale’ intellectual property dispute.

Hearings began in Melbourne last Monday, with Stone & Wood calling independent expert witnesses including Professor Lawrence Lockshin, Head of the School of Marketing at University of South Australia Business School.

Other witnesses called by Stone & Wood included Australian Brews News founder Matt Kirkegaard* and Corey Crooks, publican at Newcastle venue Grain Store.

Thunder Road called five witnesses in total, among whom was Alan Jane, managing director of Melbourne-based creative agency, Disegno.

Justice Mark Moshinsky reserved his decision, which is expected in the coming months.

*Given his role as an independent expert witness, Matt Kirkegaard will have no involvement in the reporting of the case.

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One Response to Pacific Ale court hearings conclude

  1. Sol on April 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Legal Disputes with beer names in ‘Craft’ is nothing new.
    http://www.thegrowler.ca/b-c-breweries-battle-it-out-in-court/

    Cascadian Ale was Trademarked, but eventually licensed for $1. Include a word/adjective in the name ‘Pacific Ale Style’

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