Trademark Infringement: The Brunswick Inn

The Brunswick Inn had operated as an inn since 1984, and had used the name “The Brunswick Inn” since 2007. In 2011, a Massachusetts developer opened a new inn in Brunswick named The Inn at Brunswick Station. The similarity in the names of the two inns inevitably led to confusion amongst consumers. In order to protect her trademark, the owner of The Brunswick Inn sued The Inn at Brunswick Station to force it to change its name. A rarity for intellectual property cases in Maine, the case went to trial in U.S. District Court in Portland, ME, in November 2013. In December 2013, the jury returned a verdict in favor of The Brunswick Inn. Obviously, the owner of The Brunswick Inn is thrilled with the result.

This case was widely covered in the Maine press: