In a recent article about a legal battle between companies associated with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and the parent company of The Kitchen in River North, The Chicago Tribune interviewed Saper Law Trademark Manager Matt Grothouse about the difficulties of trademarking common industry terms.
From the Tribune:
Trademarks on descriptive words can easily cause controversy, said Matt Grothouse, an associate attorney at Chicago-based Saper Law Offices who is not involved in this case. This suit is evidence of that, Grothouse said.
“Wolfgang Puck wants to be able to use what they feel is a common term in the restaurant industry,” he said. “Just like they want to be able to use ‘restaurant’ and ‘grill,’ they want to be able to use the word ‘kitchen.'”
Check out the full article here.