Celebrity News

Wolfgang Puck Flambés “The Kitchen” Trademark Dispute
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Summary: Wolfgang Puck is fighting a rival restaurant group for the right to use the phrase “the kitchen.”

Can someone actually trademark the phrase “the kitchen?” That’s what two culinary powerhouses are stewing over, and their fight is turning up from a simmer to a boil.

  
What
Where


Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s companies have asked a federal court to stop competitor The Kitchen Cafe LLC from staking a claim to the phrase “the kitchen.” Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Inc. and Wolfgang Puck Express Licensing LLC filed the complaint in Chicago is on February 24, according to the Cook County Record.

The phrase “the kitchen” is already common vernacular, but Puck’s empire wants to protect the right to continue using the term in restaurants such as The Kitchen By Wolfgang Puck and The Kitchen Counter By Wolfgang Puck. According to court documents, TKC had filed a lawsuit in November against Wolfgang Puck Licensing LLC for using the phrase, an alleged violation of their trademark.

Puck’s team said TKC was trying to stir the pot to create controversy and their trademark infringement claim was “unfair.” They also said it was impossible to trademark a phrase as “generic” as “the kitchen.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




“TKC has not acquired distinctiveness in ‘The Kitchen,’” the complaint stated. “Its use of the name has been limited to no more than a handful of restaurants located in Colorado, Chicago and Memphis, Tenn. There are many, many restaurants unrelated to TKC which use the name ‘The Kitchen.’ In addition, there are hundreds of other restaurants which use ‘kitchen’ in their names in combination with other terms.”

Puck’s companies, which are represented by Barnes & Thornburg LLP, are seeking dismissal of TKC’s complaint as well as a declaratory judgment that Puck may use the phrase “the kitchen.” They also want TKC’s trademark registration of the names The Kitchen Upstairs and The Kitchen Next Door to be cancelled.



Photo courtesy of JensenHarris

Source: Cook County Record

What do you think of this trademark dispute? Let us know in the comments below.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Senior Level Litigator

USA-CA-Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills office is seeking a litigation attorney with 5-7 years of experience and a background...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CT-Stamford

Stamford office of our client seeks litigation associate attorney with 3+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-MO-Saint Louis

Saint Louis office of our client seeks litigation associate attorney with 2-5 years of experience. T...

Apply Now

Insurance Coverage Associate Attorney

USA-DC-Washington

Washington, D.C. office of our client seeks insurance coverage associate attorney with 3-5 years of ...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Associate Attorney

USA-MN-Buffalo

Olson Law, LLC is a boutique law firm in Buffalo, Minnesota whose primary practice areas include fam...

Apply now

Legal Assistant

USA-FL-Fort Myers

Do you love a fast-paced, go-go-go environment? Are you an upbeat, happy person? Are you self-direct...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-MO-Jefferson City

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has a vacancy for a staff attorney in its Central ...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-MO-Chesterfield

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has a vacancy for a staff attorney in its St. Loui...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top