HUFFINGTON POST
10/05/2012 10:39 am ET

Tao Nightclub Sues Tao Restaurant In Maine For Trademark Infrigement

Here's another case of restaurant tussles over names (see previous examples below). Tao nightclub -- you know, one of the highest-grossing nightclubs in the country -- is suing a Brunswick, Maine restaurant also named "Tao."

The nightclub claims that that Maine restaurant is illegally using the name and that the restaurant could cause harm and economic damage. Tao the nightclub registered patents and trademarks starting in 2001. Tao the restaurant opened in May 2012.

“We’re a little surprised all of this has happened. Nobody is going to be confused with our restaurant and theirs in New York and Las Vegas,” restaurant owner Cecile Stadler told the Bangor Daily News.

A cursory Google search has led us to various other food-related companies called Tao including a health food store, a San Diego restaurant and a tea company.

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