Thursday, August 15, 2019

Recent Trademark Applications Suggest Yuengling Brewery May Be Launching a New Beer Called "Yuengling Flight"

Is a new beer in the works over at Yuengling? Recent trademark applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggest so.
On August 9, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. filed two federal trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - one for the design seen above and the other for the words YUENGLING FLIGHT. Both applications cover "beer" in Class 32.

Yuengling, which is the oldest operating brewing company in the United States, filed both applications on an intent-to-use basis. That basis indicates the brewery is not currently using this name and logo in commerce as a trademark for beer yet, but has a bona fide intention to do so in the near future. See TMEP 806.01(b).

In other words, it seems these applications are for the name and logo of a new beer that Yuengling plans to release in the near future. That's especially true considering the brewery will need to submit labels or packaging for a beer that shows these marks before the marks can be registered. See TMEP 904.03. Had these applications listed something like "brewery services," I would not be as convinced they are for the name/logo of a beer rather than something like an advertising slogan for the brewery as a whole.

Last year, Yuengling launched a new "Spread Your Wings" advertising campaign that pays tribute to the brewery's original name - "Eagle Brewery" - and the eagle design featured on its labels. These recent trademark applications, therefore, appear to be very on brand.

According to my quick search, these are the only federal trademark applications filed by D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. in 2019.

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