Kale, Kickstarter, and my lawsuit against the U.S. Government
Last week I filed a lawsuit against the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to get access to some of its secrets. This was on behalf of our documentary that was funded on Kickstarter.
I’ve never sued the government before. In fact, I’ve never sued anybody.
I’m the Vermont filmmaker making a documentary about the Eat More Kale vs. Eat Mor Chikin trademark conflict. I filed the lawsuit to gain information that the government withheld from our film in violation of several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that I filed through last year.
The Eat More Kale case, which began in 2011, centered around a trademark application that Vermont T-shirt artist Bo Muller-Moore filed at the USPTO for his Eat More Kale T-shirt design. In response to Bo’s application, Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based fast food chicken chain, sent Bo a cease and desist letter informing him that his Eat More Kale design was infringing on their trademarked Eat Mor Chikin slogan.