I wonder how a hamburger joint can get away with being called "Slyder's," when White Castle has the trademark on that name?
does this place pre-date White Castle?
I highly doubt it. Maybe they can get away with it because they don't actually serve "sliders" or the spelling is different. Either way White Castle would have probably been a better choice in the end. Very sad.
White Castle's trademark is in the name "slyder" spelled the same.
In a trademark situation, it doesn't necessarily matter if it's not the exact same product, the name "Slyder" is synonymous with White Castle. Therefore, if I was White Castle's attorney I would consider any hamburger joint, or any restaurant for that matter, to be causing consumer confusion and therby infringing my company's trademark when using the name Slyder for the name of their establishment.
For example, a coffee shop in syracuse NY had to change it's name when they opened as "Federal Espresso," a coffee shop located two blocks from the downtown Federal Couthouse Building. They sold coffee and cafe foods, they did not ship items anywhere. Federal Express doesn't make coffee. Still, Federal Express served them a cease and desist letter and then a lawsuit, and the coffee shop changed their name.
post edited by Scorereader - 2009/06/10 16:52:10