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Q: Ownership of Old McBrayer Whiskey brand name. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Ownership of Old McBrayer Whiskey brand name.
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: artqs-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 23 Oct 2005 20:16 PDT
Expires: 22 Nov 2005 19:16 PST
Question ID: 584020
I would like to find out information related to who currently owns the
rights of the Old McBrayer Whiskey brand name. I do not need
information on past owners but instead information about who owns the
brand name now, and how I can contact them. I would hope any
information would be confirmed first before answer; thanks.

I have done a little searching and have been led to Jim Beam but am
unsure whether this is correct. As far as I know the whiskey was
bottled in Kentucky.

Request for Question Clarification by juggler-ga on 23 Oct 2005 20:43 PDT
The Old McBrayer brand name was assigned in 1957 to a company that
still exists.  I can give you contact information for that company,
but be advised that the company is no longer in the liquor business
and has allowed the Old McBrayer trademark registration to expire. Are
you interested?

Clarification of Question by artqs-ga on 23 Oct 2005 20:46 PDT
That information would probably be helpful, but if the registration
has expired, does this mean nobody has ownership of it now?

Request for Question Clarification by juggler-ga on 23 Oct 2005 21:05 PDT

 "A dead or abandoned status for a trademark application means that
specific application is no longer under prosecution within the USPTO,
and would not be used as a bar against your filing. It does not
necessarily mean that there are not other marks that might be in use
in commerce (i.e., certain marks can be dead or abandoned, but are
still in use in commerce)"

Getting back to Old McBrayer, would you consider the name of company
that was assigned the brand in 1957 (along with current contact
information) an acceptable answer to this question?

Clarification of Question by artqs-ga on 23 Oct 2005 21:08 PDT
Yes, if that is in fact the last known owner of the trademark
registration for the Old McBrayer brand name, their contact
information would be acceptable as an answer. Thanks so much for your
quick help.
Subject: Re: Ownership of Old McBrayer Whiskey brand name.
Answered By: juggler-ga on 23 Oct 2005 22:03 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Here's the trademark mark entry for Old McBrayer whiskey:

Old McBrayer
Serial Number: 71240735
Registration Number: 226667

Serial #: 71240735
Reg #: 0226667 
Exec Dt: 05/01/1957

Thus, National Distillers and Chemical Corp. was the last registered
owner of the Old McBrayer trademark.

"1988   National Distillers and Chemical Corp. sold its liquor
business to American Brands and changed its name to Quantum Chemical

In 1997, Quantum Chemical Corp. became known as Millennium Petrochemicals Inc.

"National Distillers and Chemical Corp., since known as Quantum
Chemical Corp. and currently known as Millennium Petrochemicals Inc."
source: Kentucky Office of Insurance

Also see: 
source: Arizona Corporations Division

Contact information for Millennium:
website at:

As indicated above, National Distillers and Chemical Corp. sold its
liquor business to American Brands, Inc, in 1988.  In 1997, American
Brands became Fortune Brands.  See:
Contact information for Fortune Brands:

Again, though, even if the Old McBrayer brand was part of the sale by
National Distillers and Chemical Corp to American Brands (now Fortune
Brands), the Old McBrayer trademark was allowed to expire and is now
considered "dead" by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

search strategy:
"National Distillers and Chemical"

artqs-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Excellent response. Had question answered within one hour of posting
it and the answer contained the exact information I needed. Perfect.

Subject: Re: Ownership of Old McBrayer Whiskey brand name.
From: juggler-ga on 23 Oct 2005 23:51 PDT
Thank you for the tip.

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