Laughing Buddha must change its name

Laughing Buddha Brewing, a microbrewery based in Seattle that’s been making a splash lately for their Asian-inspired beers like Purple Yam Porter and Mango Weizen, is being forced to change their name—but not because of a religious-type objection like one might expect.

No, they received a cease-and-desist from an Australian brewing company that packages their "Lucky Buddha" beer in Buddha-shaped bottles. Of course Laughing Buddha isn’t infringing on any actual trademark, but it’s a classic case of a small company not being able to afford the litigation costs involved with challenging such a C&D.

Their new name will be Trade Route Brewing.

Via Jeff, whose has some more here.

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