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In-N-Out is suing Maryland's Grab-N-Go burger for trademark infringement. Is Grab-N-Go an In-N-Out copycat?

LegalZoom 2011/08/29 18:16:47
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If you’ve ever had an In-N-Out Burger—or even if you haven’t—you likely know the chain quite well. They’ve been much-beloved in California for decades, and have, over the years, expanded into 5 states with hundreds of restaurants. The chain is iconic—from the simplicity of its menu to the throw-back décor and amazing service, no one would confuse In-N-Out for just another fast-food burger chain.

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  • none 2011/08/29 19:04:12
    No
    none
    +6
    Except for the N it's different enough so there would be no mistaking one for the other. More foolish waste of the courts time with stupid lawsuits.

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  • Evil.Tigz.Productions 2011/10/03 01:06:55
    No
    Evil.Tigz.Productions
    They nothing alike, geez the only ones who really win in this is the lawyers...
  • dlsofsetx 2011/09/30 00:09:39
    No
    dlsofsetx
    Slightly similar name.BFD!
  • Tina Louise 2011/09/28 14:27:06
    No
    Tina Louise
    who cares? I think people are getting too "sue happy"
  • KilrQueen 2011/09/05 16:26:43
    No
    KilrQueen
    Can we say frivolous lawsuit????? This is just ridiculous.
  • fanny 2011/09/04 21:26:59
  • william raggett 2011/09/04 17:53:12
    No
    william raggett
    I could care less..lol
  • AN 2011/09/03 13:53:53
    No
    AN
    It's a play of words. Slightly similar but I don't think they should be sued for trademark infringement.
  • 2011/09/01 23:09:58
    No
    nah not really
  • Aran Smeallie 2011/09/01 16:54:00
    No
    Aran Smeallie
    hardly relevant apart from the x-'N-y layout
  • nicole 2011/09/01 14:45:36
    Yes
    nicole
    +1
    kinda it is but not rely lol
  • Mike 2011/08/31 21:30:53
    No
    Mike
    I think it's more, who's IN-N-OUT and GRABS-N-Go's first, in the court of opinion.....
  • rhaver1 2011/08/31 16:33:45
    No
    rhaver1
    +1
    There is really no basis for suing. It isn't the same name, design, or anything. There is a similar color scheme, but that is about it. The blog says that In-n-out sued a burger joint over the use of "double double"...... which is also ridiculous. how can you tell people that they can't use the word "double"? It's like someone suing someone else over the term "pizza".
  • erica 2011/08/31 04:25:51
    Yes
    erica
    +3
    I love in 'n out but I hate marylands grab-n-go bugers
  • Fallschirmjager 2011/08/31 01:13:20 (edited)
    Yes
    Fallschirmjager
    +1
    In and out burger is great!!

    When I was a teenager, ( a thousand years ago) we would cut the B and R off of the bumper stickers so they would say.
    In-n-out
    urge
  • Lin 2011/08/30 23:02:54 (edited)
    Yes
    Lin
    +2
    The pictures on the article make it pretty obvious. For a company that hasn't gone national yet and is certainly aspiring to, In-N-Out can't afford to have copycats back east. Grab-N-Go should have been less lazy and made their own symbol.
  • Kid T. ... Lin 2011/09/03 13:42:07 (edited)
    Kid T. Party
    Just spell the word "IN".... your golden then. But really, what a stupid decision to sue. Saying In and out can't afford anything is funny. Will theycome after me If I start a whore house called. "Bust N For Sex".... buy one brunette, eat a blond for free.
  • closinyou 2011/08/30 23:01:18 (edited)
    No
    closinyou
    +1
    Let's see...Get-n-go, stop-n-go, stop-n-shop, slow-n-go, mop-n-slop, mop-n-glo, that's should be enough to fill the courts up for a few months! HEY IN-N-OUT, WAY TO WALK THE WALK! LET ME REMIND YOU OF THE VERSE YOU SHARE ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR CUPS WHERE VERY FEW SEE IT. JOHN 3:16... LOVE! Did you forget? Shame on you, wasting yours and others time and energy and wasting tons of money that could have done so much good! Instead, you throw away the values you claim over a similar name! I bet those who are starving will proudly stand in your corner!
    HERE'S ANOTHER VERSE TO PUT ON YOUR CUPS,

    ---->>>> 1 CORINTHIANS 6:6-8
    6 But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!

    7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.
  • leslie 2011/08/30 16:09:23
    Yes
    leslie
    +2
    Logo similarities, menu concepts, I can see the concern.
  • Charles E leslie 2011/08/30 19:20:10
    Charles E
    +3
    More than two thousand miles between them.
    I see lawyers getting rich over a non-existent infringement.
  • mary 2011/08/30 15:34:05
    No
    mary
    +1
    I would say "yes" if they had close to the same name and operated under the exact infra structure. But after all, lawyers have to make their money on some sort of useless lawsuit to waste the courts time.
  • Erik Olson 2011/08/30 15:03:36
    No
    Erik Olson
    +1
    I vaguely remember that McDonalds had successfully shutdown Burger King's long-running series of ads with The Burger King and all of these other silly characters like the Duke of Doubt who never believed amazing things that the King had to say, and I don't remember any of the other characters but I know that there were several. McDonalds argued that a fast-food burger joint represented by fictional characters living in some kind of Land was too similar to Ronald and his homies in Ronald McDonald land. That's why now you just see surreal BK ads with the king behind a plastic mask.
  • woody arnold 2011/08/30 11:41:35
    Yes
    woody arnold
    +1
    Never heard of them We don't have IN-OUT BURGER yet in the south, looks like the east wants some of the action
  • Indigofire woody a... 2011/09/02 03:17:22
    Indigofire
    OOoooooh I feel bad. In n out is pretty much the best hamburger fast food restaurant there is.
  • jimbo999 2011/08/30 11:24:50 (edited)
    No
    jimbo999
    +1
    They should just get over it already. It's like the Presleys suing someone for naming their dog Elvis.
  • XMamaMonkey21X 2011/08/30 11:23:31
    Yes
    XMamaMonkey21X
    +1
    I am sure they are being a copycat, but NO WAY will they ever measure up to In-N-Out!!!
  • JoeM~PWCM~JLA 2011/08/30 09:37:31
    Yes
    JoeM~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    it is obvious, but legally moot. 2500 miles separation makes for "no case"
  • SeattleRainn 2011/08/30 08:52:17
    No
    SeattleRainn
    +2
    We had a Grab-N-Go coffee stand here. It was a Sexpresso stand and one of the girls got busted by an undercover cop for showing him her 'stuff' for his $12.00 in change. So, we all started calling it the "Grab-A-Ho" instead.

    Not that I have anything against that sorta thing! I'm just sayin' ... $12.00 bucks? COME ON!
  • truthman 2011/08/30 08:05:22
    No
    truthman
    +3
    Since i have never heard of either one, i have to say no. If you notice, the words are different. Its kinda like, Hardees, Mcdonalds. They sell the same stuff but its different.
  • Timbini 2011/08/30 07:54:03
    Yes
    Timbini
    +1
    Obvious copycat.
  • Eric S. 2011/08/30 05:59:48 (edited)
    No
    Eric S.
    +2
    Just because of the 'N' or 'And'? Hahaha!
  • YULING YANG 2011/08/30 04:47:50
    No
    YULING YANG
    How about touch and squeeze? This is so lamb!
  • Gary Li... YULING ... 2011/08/30 16:36:26
    Gary Linger
    +1
    Actually it revolves around hamburger joints and nothing about this case involves lamb. Perhaps you mean "This is so lame!"
  • Marianne723 2011/08/30 04:44:57
    No
    Marianne723
    +2
    Well, GOOD GRIEF....Look where In-N-Out is located. That explains the insane part of this lawsuit.
  • mybrutalromance 2011/08/30 04:42:41
    No
    mybrutalromance
    +1
    They could, I wouldn't know. What about Steak N' Shake?
  • Turings... mybruta... 2011/09/01 18:43:13
    TuringsChild
    Sounds like Sizzler could get in trouble with their Surf 'n Turf too.... ^^
  • Luca 2011/08/30 04:28:43
    No
    Luca
    They don't stand a chance of winning this lawsuit.
  • Tom M 2011/08/30 04:21:49
    Yes
    Tom M
    +2
    They are no doubt copying everything. No one would know that from the very little information provided here, but after searching one can find the specifics.

    The other problem with this story is: "If you’ve ever had an In-N-Out Burger—or even if you haven’t—you likely know the chain quite well. They’ve been much-beloved in California for decades, and have, over the years, expanded into 5 states with hundreds of restaurants".

    Most people in the U.S. have never heard of In-N-Out burger. I only know of them because I've lived in Las Vegas and I've seen a few in California. However, NO ONE I've met east of Las Vegas has ever heard of them. The author takes a giant leap by ASSUMING that everyone has heard of this chain which is buried among hundreds of others that are also regional and not national.
  • M4S1K Tom M 2011/08/30 13:51:22
    M4S1K
    +1
    I live in Kentucky, and personally love In-N-Out Burgers.
    No they're not national, but then again what is??
    Hardees here is Carl's Jr. in California.
    Rally's here is Checkers in other places.
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2011/08/30 04:19:40
    No
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
    Don't have them here and I don't care.

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