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    Brown-Forman vs. Barton

    Friends,

    We best hang on to our Ridgewood Reserve 1792 bottles -- just in case Barton is forced to change design.

    Cliff, Chuck: how do you legal eagles see this lawsuit ending?
    Mike, are there similar cases in recent history?
    Link below.

    Omar

    http://www.courier-journal.com/busin...on31-5180.html

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    Re: Brown-Forman vs. Barton

    With all the cat and dog branding that goes on, you can't figure out where half the bourbon comes from anyway. Shoot, if half the world found out that Woodford was really Old Forester, they'd stop buying all that crap about the scenic distillery in Versailles. I think Barton should counter-sue and say Woodford misrepresents itself.
    Now, I happen to like Old Forester and by extension, Woodford. I just hate to pay for the fancy bottle,the small distillery hype etc. Brown-Forman should just get over it. Maybe if they concentrated some effort into product instead of marketing, they wouldn't have so much trouble.

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    Re: Brown-Forman vs. Barton

    Ed,

    With a giant '1792' in the center, the bottles hardly look alike. Just look at them side by side. Frankly, I like the Barton bottle better.


    Omar

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    Re: Brown-Forman vs. Barton

    Omar,
    I agree. Most people don't even know the name is Ridgewood Reserve. Everyone I've encountered refers to it as 1792. I like it better also from a flavor profile perspective as well as price point. I repeat. B-F should get over it.

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    Re: Brown-Forman vs. Barton

    Just my opinion but I hope they loose that one bigtime and it gets thrown out. Pathetic that is... I never once even thought of the 2 as similiar looking.

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    Here\'s a photo

    They're both attractive bottles. Hell, that's the reason I buy L&G. Just imagine the panic if they had dipped the cork in red wax
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    Re: Here\'s a photo

    OMG, what a similiar resemblance! NOT Give me a break Brown-Forman

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    Re: Brown-Forman vs. Barton

    Ed,
    Maybe if they concentrated some effort into product instead of marketing, they wouldn't have so much trouble.
    I agree 100%. This whole suit looks so petty. Reminds me of MM trademarking wax drips...
    Yepper, they should just get over it.
    Bj

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    Re: Brown-Forman vs. Barton

    Yep. They should either get over it or go all out. Weren't they the first to use bottles, of any shape or design?

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: Here\'s a photo

    I might be a lone voice, but so be it.

    For me it's the paper label: same size, same location.
    Gives the two a "family resemblance".
    That and the lettering in an arc above the main brand name.

    Glancing at the two, side-by-side, I would assume that they
    are related somehow.

    Of course, once you read the words, you start to figure out
    what's going on, but I think there's a legitimate complaint
    there.


    Tim Dellinger

 

 

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