From The Pickled Pirate Ocracoke Island, NC:
The Pickled Pirate Ocracoke Island, NC is a small start-up. Those who have visited our 75 square foot store on Ocracoke Island, NC know just how small! Nonetheless we have created a fun collection of hot sauces, pickled products, and unique Bloody Mary mixes. We worked with an amazing graphic designer to develop our wonderful logo. Thanks Joel Herrera! (http://hapstudios.blogspot.com/). We loved our logo so much we submitted a trademark application to the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
Our trademark search found no similar logos so we felt confident ours would be issued in due course. You can imagine our surprise and dismay when Patron Spirits, Inc., the makers of Patron Tequila and Pyrat Rum, objected to our trademark application.
The process has now entered the USPTO process with a series of hearings, findings, and filings. Given our small and young nature, we simply do not have the resources to go up against the deep pockets of Patron. Counsel tells us we will need at least $10,000 to defend Patron’s objection to our trademark. If you support small business and entrepreneurs and want to help us resist the bullying tactics of big business, please contribute to our legal fund. Thank you.