Hood River brewery prevails in dispute

Published Nov 15, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

WESTERLY, R.I. — A slightly revised name of a Rhode Island microbrewery has helped settle a trademark dispute.

The Westerly Sun reports that Alan and Jennifer Brinton changed the name to Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island from Grey Sail Brewing, which Full Sail Brewing Co. of Hood River had claimed was too similar to its own name.

The Westerly business opened in November 2011 and filed a federal lawsuit against Full Sail Brewing Co. after the Oregon business claimed trademark infringement. Grey Sail initially sought a court ruling declaring it had not infringed on Full Sail’s legal rights.