On Saturday, November 7, 2015, the Iowa Brewer’s Guild held the 2nd Annual Iowa Brewers Education Seminar & Tippling (i-BEST), a daylong series of sessions designed to educate and inspire Iowa’s brewing community. Attorneys Alex Christian and Amy Piepmeier presented on legal issues for brewers.
Intellectual property attorney Alex Christian, a frequent speaker for breweries, spoke about issues relating to trademarks for brewers. Using industry examples, Alex illustrated types of trademark trouble breweries can get into for using trademarked content, and what to do if you should find yourself the recipient of a trademark enforcement letter. Alex also touched on the rights and obligations brewers have to enforce their own trademarks.
Amy Piepmeier presented information about the legal basics to consider when starting a craft brewery. Ms. Piepmeier’s presentation included a discussion on:
- Entity formation/Business Set-up
- Raising Financing
- Operational Issues