March 21, 2014

From The St. Louis Business Journal

By E.B. Solomont

Can conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly really stop St. Louis Brewery from using the name Schlafly?

No easily, according to at least one local intellectual property attorney.

"The net effect is minimal on Schlafly brewing," said Matthew Smith, an attorney at Polsinelli. The brewery already holds several design trademarks on stylized designs like its logo and labels. "They also have common law trademark protection for the name Schlafly in connection with beer. That comes about because you are using the mark in commerce," he said.

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Matthew Smith is a shareholder who focuses on helping protect clients protect their intellectual property.