Do Morons In A Hurry Like Lettuce Restaurants?
from the lettuce-be dept
Now, even if you accept that it makes sense for Lettuce Entertain You to own the trademark on "LETTUCE" in such situations, it would seem like what the new restaurant owners did was reasonable. Not so, according to LEYE. It's claiming that the new name pending banner still violates its trademark. Either way, the Lettuce mix owners are fighting back against the entire trademark claim over the word lettuce, and put up that other banner to call some attention to the trademark threat.
While the battle over the larger trademark issue will continue, in the meantime, the judge in the case denied the injunction request against the temporary banner, noting that the banner itself protesting the trademark dispute isn't actually "use in commerce" and thus, is not covered by trademark law.
Either way... really? There's a legal battle going on as to whether or not you can use the word "lettuce" (or even a homonym with an image of lettuce) in the name of a salad bar? What is the world coming to?