In Federal Court (No Kidding): Skee-Ball vs. Brewskee-Ball
By Paul Kurtz
CHALFONT, Pa. (CBS) — A staple of Jersey shore boardwalk arcades is at the center of a trademark battle between two companies.
It seems that everyone has played Skee-Ball, invented in 1909, at one time or another.
Now headquartered in Chalfont, Bucks County, Skee-Ball Inc. has sued a couple of Brooklyn-based bar owners — and vice versa — over use of the name.
The New York guys run “Brewskee-Ball” leagues in Texas, North Carolina, New York, and California. They even got a trademark approved for Brewskee-Ball, on the grounds that the name is generic.
But Skee-Ball’s attorney, Richard Idell, contends it is a blatant infringement, saying you can’t build a business on the back of another business.
The two sides are currently locked in a stalemate. Numerous attempts at mediation have failed.
So the case is heading to trial in New York. Brewskee-Ball’s owners have launched a crowdfunding campaign that they claim raised $10,000 its first day.