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Company Stops Producing Liqueur For Mariah Carey Following Trademark Row With Irish Drinks Firm, Says Irish Drinks Firm Director

Published on Oct 28 2021 10:52 AM in Drinks tagged: Trending Posts / Black Irish Whiskey / Mariah Carey / Black Irish Cream Liqueur / Darker Still Spirits

Company Stops Producing Liqueur For Mariah Carey Following Trademark Row With Irish Drinks Firm, Says Irish Drinks Firm Director

A company producing a liqueur for singer Mariah Carey has said that it will stop following a trademark row with an Irish drinks firm, according to the director of the Irish drinks firm. Details As r...

A company producing a liqueur for singer Mariah Carey has said that it will stop following a trademark row with an Irish drinks firm, according to the director of the Irish drinks firm.

Details

As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, Darker Still Spirits director Richard Ryan launched the Black Irish stout-whiskey product in June of 2020, one year before the Carey launched an Irish cream liqueur with the same name.

Darker Still Spirits reportedly said that it had registered the trademark in the UK and all European countries in 2015 and reportedly claimed that it had rightful ownership of the name, which the companies behind Carey's brand have reportedly appealed.

Ryan reportedly said he said that he was notified late last month that a producer and bottler of Carey's Black Irish will "no longer produce, bottle or ship" the liqueur, and reportedly told The Sunday Independent, "I can confirm we received written notification from the producer on September 24, 2021, that they undertook to cease production/supply on any pending or future orders of any product carrying the trademark name 'Black Irish'."

Separate to the registration of Black Irish, Ryan reportedly said that a firm called Herzog Holdings had targeted other brand trademarks. It reportedly threatened in a letter written by a law firm in March to apply to revoke other trademarks held by Drinksology Kirker Greer, including Red Bonny and Sailortown.

In The New York Times, John Herzog, who is reportedly involved in Splashes Beverages linked with Carey's liqueur brand, reportedly denied that the letter had any connection to the Black Irish trademark dispute.

Carey's Black Irish reportedly did not respond to a request for comment.

Darker Still Spirits Company Representative Statements

David Phelan of the Darker Still Spirits Company reportedly said, "[The Black Irish product] is a unique offering, named after, and created using Ireland's two most famous exports - black stout and Irish whiskey,", and that it was "unprecedented" to have to defend the company's entitlement to the trademark after 30 years of working in the drinks industry.

Phelan reportedly added, "We also call on Mariah Carey's appointed agent to stop claiming trademark rights to other products owned by our directors, presumed as a tactic to undermine our wider businesses.

"Despite being subject to these distractions, it is business as usual and we are expanding the presence of our 'original' Black Irish Whiskey across all of Europe."

Listings With Musgrave

Black Irish whiskey reportedly said last week that it had secured listings with Musgrave.

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