Chamber wins dispute over trademark
EAST TAWAS — "Perchville" belongs to a business group in northern Michigan.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce in a dispute over a trademark related to a popular winter festival called Perchville.
A business, Au Sable River Trading Post, sued the Tawas chamber over the trademark, saying it was generic and doesn't deserve legal protection. The Trading Post makes T-shirts and other merchandise.
But federal Judge Thomas Ludington said Perchville is a "fanciful" trademark, and the Tawas chamber clearly has the authority to enforce it.
The chamber charges $750 for non-members to use Perchville.
The judge said any remaining issues will be handled in state court.