Can We Make It Illegal To Use The Word Delicious For BBQ?

by jason on February 19, 2013

I just read this article about a couple of Hawaiian barbecue restaurants that seems silly to have made it to the Supreme Court.  In the news a company was able to copyright the word “ono” and when another barbecue restaurant used the word as a name “One Means Delicious” (and in Hawaiian “ono” does mean delicious!) they were sued and ended up selling the company!

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2013/01/s_s_hawaii_bbq_lawsuit.php

They were sued for naming their barbecue restaurant Ono Means Delicious because another food company had “ono” copyright protected.  I cannot imagine not being able to use the word delicious to describe barbecuing (because it is!)

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