US: Pernod Ricard faces trademark dispute over its ‘Jamieson’ brand

A trademark dispute between Pernod Ricard and a US wine producer have been ongoing, but both the parties have refused to comment on reports regarding the matter.

The problem started when Pernod’s Irish Distillers unit sent a cease-and-desist letter to Madison Vineyard Holdings last week over its ‘Jamieson Ranch Vineyards’ brand, produced at a Napa Valley estate of the same name. The website Law360 reported this week that Jameson Irish Whiskey (handled by Pernod subsidiary) claims that the wine brand could cause confusion among that customers and make it appear that ‘Jamieson’ is an Irish Distillers-endorsed product.

Madison has, however, denied the claims and has hit back by launching a lawsuit over the cease-and-desist action. They are now trying to obtain a “declaratory judgment” that its Jamieson operations and marketing do not infringe Irish Distillers’ copyright.

According to documents from the court referenced in the website, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards started operations in June 2013 and commenced selling wine in September 2013.

When contacted by just-drinks today, both Pernod Ricard spokesperson and the spokesperson for Jamieson Ranch Vineyards refused to comment on anything regarding the matter.

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