Nathan's Famous Sued by Vegetarians
Nathan's Famous, based in Westbury on Long Island, is selling hotdog-like products under the Not Dogs trademark, according to the complaint. The case was filed Jan. 4 in federal court in Central Islip, Suffolk County.Luckily, it sounds like the conflict is going to be resolved amicably. Salai said that, "Nathan's has been cooperative since we filed our complaint," and that he is confident the case can be settled without going to trial.
A Northern Soy customer spotted the Not Dog name on a Nathan's Famous dog in New York City, said Stephen B. Salai, a lawyer for Harter Secrest & Emery in Rochester who is representing Northern Soy.
"They don't have the right to take the Not Dog name from Northern Soy," Salai said. […]
Nathan's Famous officials have said they aren't infringing because they actually sell Northern Soy's Not Dogs.
The important thing to remember, in all of this, is that we are very lucky to live in a world where everybody- even vegetarians- can experience the pleasure of enjoying a Nathan's hot dog on the boardwalk.
Not Dog suit pits Chili firm against Nathan's [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle]