Food fight erupts over Pennsylvania ‘Pierogi Festival’ name

The Associated Press

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania celebration of a popular Polish treat is embroiled in a food fight after a suburban Chicago chamber of commerce threatened a trademark infringement lawsuit over the use of the name “Pierogi Festival.”
The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice (http://bit.ly/2vmS7wR ) reports that lawyers for the Whiting Pierogi Fest in Indiana recently sent a letter demanding that the Edwardsville Hometown Committee stop using the name or pay royalties.
Citing a 1994 “Pierogi Fest” trademark, the letter calls the Pennsylvania festival name “unfair competition” and “likely to cause consumer confusion.”
Local lawyers said in a federal suit Monday that the Edwardsville festival isn’t a competitor and the general name isn’t trademark infringement.
The fourth annual Edwardsville Pierogi Festival was held in June. The 143rd annual Whiting Pierogi Fest was held last weekend.
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