Attorney Lacks Standing to Challenge Trade Dress “Demeaning to Goats”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has dismissed a challenge to trade dress protection granted to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik Inc., a Wisconsin restaurant that features grazing goats on its rooftop, brought by an attorney who found the trade dress “demeaning to goats.” Bank v. Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik Inc., No. 19-1880 (Fed. Cir., entered December 9, 2019). The attorney argued that the trade dress of the restaurant, which includes a rooftop covered in grass and several goats grazing on it, is “offensive” and “denigrates the value he places on the respect, dignity, and worth of animals.” The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board found this argument insufficient to establish standing; the Federal Circuit agreed and dismissed the appeal.