Sigh. It’s happened again.
We missed this one as it was lodged under ‘bottle’ not beer.
Stokes Brewery has registered the term ‘Bomber’ as a trademark when used to refer to a bottle.
In the States and elsewhere a 22 oz bottle has always been referred to as a Bomber and of course the term has been used more loosely to refer to a larger bottle. Well, not in NZ any more, where IPONZ, the Government Agency who’s strap line should be “Carving up the English language wholesale”, have yet again granted a registration on a term that’s already in general use.
It seems ridiculous, but we now have people watching the IPONZ listings to try and prevent any similar registration attempts. We are a craft beer organisation, not a intellectual property law firm, but no one else seems to want to do it!
Details of registration (PDF)