Draw in beer war of roses

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A HIGH Court judge has declared a “score draw” after two “entrenched” Yorkshire breweries fought a war of the rose.

Samuel Smith’s, based in Tadcaster, claimed that the Cropton Brewery, based in North Yorkshire, had infringed its registered trade mark rights by using a “stylised white rose design” on labels for two beers. Cropton Brewery disputed the claim.

Mr Justice Arnold ruled that Cropton Brewery had infringed Samuel Smith’s trade mark rights on labels for its Yorkshire Warrior beer but had not infringed its rival’s trade mark rights on labels for its Yorkshire Bitter.

The judge told lawyers: “I think the overall result is fairly characterised as a score draw.”