Trademark Protection and Concert Halls

While you can see a great concert anywhere, seeing a great show in a great venue that’s seen countless great performances over its years adds to the experience. This blog post looks at what the top 20 venues, per a 2016 list compiled by Consequence Of Sound, have been doing to protect the brands associated with the iconic venues.

Fourteen of the twenty have at least one trademark registration. The most popular class, by far, was Class 41, covering some sort of live music services – the venue itself. The next most popular were food/drink-related classes, like bar services (Class 43 or, in older registrations, 42) and then merchandising, especially clothing in Class 25.

Venue Registrations Classes Owner Counsel
The Fillmore 6 6, 16, 25, 35, 41 Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Ellie Schwimmer
The Bowery Ballroom 2 35, 41 Cocktail Blue, LLC Lawrence Apolzon
Metro Chicago 2 41 Stages-Music Hall, Inc.

DBA Cabaret Metro

Kimberly Brown Mosberg
Hollywood Bowl
9:30 Club 2 25, 41, 43 Sledge, Inc. Camille Miller
Stubb’s 14 4, 29, 30, 41, 43 One World Foods, Inc.  
Red Rocks Amphitheater 3 41, 42 City and County of Denver Leigh Augustine
Great Scott
The Gorge
Ryman Auditorium 7 14, 16, 20, 25, 28, 36, 37, 41 Grand Ole Opry IP, LLC Edward Playfair
First Avenue and 8th St. Entry 5 (2 pending) 25, 41, 42 (9, 10, 14, 16, 21, 28, 35, 41, 43) F-Troop LLC James Young
Cat’s Cradle
Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace 5 (2 pending) 25, 41, 43 (30) No Regrets Coyote Inc. Gabrielle Holley
Tabernacle
Toad’s Place 2 42 World of Toads Development Corporation Jason Drangel
Electric Factory 1 41 Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Ellie Schwimmer
Doug Fir Lounge 1 43 Burnside Entertainment Group LLC David Peterson
40 Watt Club
Doug Weston’s Troubadour 1 41 Troubadour Enterprises, Inc. Burton Jacobson
The Hideout 1 41 Hideout Inn, Inc. Grant Peters

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