Fire Cider Trademark Battle Ends With Name Declared Generic

Nov 4, 2019

In October, a legal battle involving a Berkshire County company over a traditional remedy was resolved in federal court. Pittsfield-based company Shire City Herbals filed a trademark for the name “fire cider,” a title given to a recipe for a pungent mixture of herbs and apple cider vinegar, in 2012. The move prompted dismay in the herbalist community, and moves to preserve what some called a generic title from a single entity’s possession. After a flurry of lawsuits, a decision by Judge Mark G. Mastroianni released last month determined that “fire cider” cannot be trademarked. Author and herbalist Rosemary Gladstar was involved in the case, and explained to WAMC exactly what was at stake in the case and who was involved.