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Ravinia Brewing's Highland Park brewpub on hold after Ravinia Festival demands royalties

Ravinia Brewing's Highland Park brewpub on hold after Ravinia Festival demands royalties

A burgeoning brewery in Highland Park has halted construction on a planned brewpub after Ravinia Festival demanded royalties from its beer sales.

The well-known outdoor concert venue sent a licensing agreement to Ravinia Brewing Co. in mid-February, said Brett Tolpin, an intellectual property attorney representing the 3-year-old company.

Ravinia Festival has two trademarks for its name: one covering entertainment services and the other covering restaurant and catering services. The agreement would allow the brewing company to use the Ravinia name if, among other stipulations, it turned over some of its profits, Tolpin said.

That was unacceptable for the owners of Ravinia...

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