Schlafly brewery now in a federal trademark dispute over brand name

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Schlafly brewery is now in a federal trademark dispute over it’s name. With the beer’s growing national profile, co-founder Tom Schlafly is seeking a trademark that would give the company the exclusive right to use the Schlafly name to sell the craft beer.

Tom’s aunt, 89-year-old Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative commentator known for her campaign to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970′s, has asked the US patent and trademark office to deny the request.

 The agency must now decide whether Schlafly is primarily a last name, or a commercial brand that deserves legal protection.