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Heaven Hill is Suing Bob Dylan's Whiskey Brand, Heaven's Door, For Trademark Infringement

by The Drink Nation on Aug 21, 2018 in Culture

Heaven Hill Distillery is suing Bob Dylan's fledgling whiskey brand, Heaven's Door, for trademark infringement, focusing specifically on the similarities between the two brand logos, according to WDRB.com.

Heaven's Door, which is co-owned by Dylan, has only been in existence since May 2018, and so Heaven Hill's primary argument rests on the fact that the Kentucky distillery has been around since the 1930s and has been in possession of this particular trademark since then, — they also mentioned the e logo, saying that the "stacked logo" is too similar. When Heaven's Door received the cease and desist letter in April, they responded and said that they didn't forsee any confusion between the two brands, leaving the lawsuit open and pending.

Bob Dylan's whiskey, a joint project with Angel's Envy pioneer Marc Bushala, features a bottle design influenced by Dylan's ironwork sculptures and offers a "double-barrelled" whiskey, a rye finished in French casks, and a seven year aged bourbon. Meanwhile, Heaven Hill claims in the suit that they have spent in excess of $25 million in the past five years on production expansion and nationwide advertising, and has made a name for itself as the oldest family-owned and operated Kentucky bourbon company. 

The suit is asking Heaven's Door to not only halt all production until the matter can be settled, but to destroy any materials featuring the logo, alongside "monetary damages."

Photo via Heaven's Door on Facebook

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