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High Times publisher files suit against Ephrata pot shop

An Ephrata, Washington, marijuana retailer is the target of a media empire that labels itself as the biggest brand name in pot. Trans-High Corp., parent company of the publication High Times, has sued shop owner Richard Reimers and his business, previously known as High Time Station, for trademark infringement. The lawsuit filed Monday in Spokane follows letters and a proposed written agreement to change the retailer’s name sent by the New York-based publishing company earlier this summer.

Daiquiri Factory, controversial Spokane bar, gets evicted

Less than five months after opening amid public outcry about one of its drink names, the controversial Daiquiri Factory in downtown Spokane was shuttered Monday morning with assistance from sheriff’s deputies. The bar’s owner, Jamie Pendleton, said in an email the bar would miss the upcoming Hoopfest, but he expected the property on Wall Street to be returned to him following a scheduled hearing next month.

Gonzaga sues bar for trademark abuse

Gonzaga University has filed a federal lawsuit to stop a controversial downtown bar from using its logo and mascot in advertising.

Turk group wants to trademark ‘IDAHO’

BOISE – An ag group in Turkey has applied to the Turkish Patent Institute to trademark the word “IDAHO” for its agricultural, plant and animal products – and the Idaho Potato Commission doesn’t take too kindly to that idea. Neither did the Idaho Senate, which on Thursday fast-tracked a resolution against the move proposed by the Potato Commission and passed it unanimously.

Copyrights and wrongs

Spokane artist and actor Charlie Schmidt often gets emails from friends and strangers reporting yet another appearance by his long-dead, still-famous cat seen on a website, blog or product catalog. Sometimes the reports are of websites simply using his viral video, “Keyboard Cat,” the 55-second clip he made in 1986 that became a web sensation 13 years later.

NW Airlines, travel site battle over trademark

A Spokane Web site owner has landed in the cross hairs of Northwest Airlines, which claims that the locally based online travel guide infringes on the air carrier’s corporate trademark. In two letters sent by airline attorneys, the company has said GoNorthwest!, based in Spokane, is misleading or confusing the public.