Kentucky Mist distillery says UK disputing trademark

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) – The owners of Kentucky Mist distillery say University of Kentucky attorneys have sent them a letter asserting the school owns the rights to the word “Kentucky.”

The Mountain Eagle reports the certified letter from Lexington attorney Michael Hargis asks the distillery to abandon efforts to trademark the Kentucky Mist name and logo design for T-shirts or other clothing.

According to the letter, the University of Kentucky is prepared to oppose the trademark application and “will consider further action as it deems necessary.”

Kentucky Mist co-owner Colin Fultz says the distillery’s attorney says it is necessary to respond to the letter. But Fultz says Kentucky Mist products and logos look nothing like the University’s logos. He says the only possible similarity is a dark blue Koozie drink holder.

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