Verboten is not forbidden – peaceful coexistence among craft beer brands?

The US craft beer craze has seen its fair share of trademark disputes. One recent incident - as reported on Denver’s Westword news site – stood out because of the amicable agreement reached between Verboten Brewing and Weyerbacher Brewing, which owns the federal trademark to the Verboten name for beer. While sensible settlements are something to be welcomed, might the particulars of such an arrangement lead to difficulties for the parties further down the line?

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