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Ice Castles, an American Fork, Utah-based company that builds structures out of icicles for people to walk through and photograph, is suing a similar company, LaBelle Lake Ice Palace, for patent infringement, reports KSL.com. The plaintiff, represented by Kirton McConkie, says that LaBelle is using Ice Castles’ icicle-making technology, while LaBelle says that its method, which involves ice formed in molds, does not create icicles, but rather ice logs, and does not violate the plaintiffs’ patent. The outcome of the case is expected to hinge on what does and does not constitute an icicle.

Verrill Dana, working pro bono, successfully defended the owner of Union, Maine-based Herbal Revolution in a trademark case centered on the use of the term “fire cider.” According to the Penobscot Bay Pilot, in 2014 a competing herbal company trademarked the term, which refers to a spiced apple cider vinegar product and which had already been in general use since the late 1970s. The company filed a lawsuit against Herbal Revolution and several other small herbal businesses for calling their products fire cider, but a judge ruled that the term was generic and therefore could not be trademarked.

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