Hearthside Food Solutions, LLC v. Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Puri
Plaintiff Hearthside Food Solutions, the “largest privately-owned bakery in the United States,” has turned to the Oregon federal judiciary for assistance in sorting out a trademark dispute with the widow of Yogi Bhajan. Facing accusations of infringement from the widow and unable to successfully negotiate an amicable compromise, Plaintiff has filed for a Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement for their PEACE CEREAL, GOLDEN TEMPLE and YOGI marks.
We’ll have to wait for Defendant’s Answer/Counterclaims for more information but this case probably arises from the larger dispute over “The Fight For Yogi Bhajan’s Empire.” Marketing moves quicker than legal it seems as Plaintiff has already moved to rebrand its Yogi brand products:
The full Complaint is below. Stay tuned to the Oregon Intellectual Property Law Blog for updates as the case proceeds.
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If you want to understand something, write about it.
If you want to master something, teach it.” Yogi Bhajan
Court Case Number: 3:11-cv-01238-HU
File Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Plaintiff: Hearthside Food Solutions, LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Kenneth R. Davis, II, Parna A. Mehrbani of Lane Powell, PC
Defendant: Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Puri
Cause: Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement of the Peace Mark; Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement of the Golden Temple Mark; Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement of the Yogi Mark
Court: Oregon District Court
Judge: Magistrate Judge Dennis J. Hubel