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No peace, love in popcorn trademark suit

The Peace, Love, Popcorn logo is being challenged by the Popcorn Factory.

The Popcorn Factory's logo

Here’s the story of how peace and love turned into a lawsuit about popcorn.

In May 2008, Gary Paparella and his youngest daughter, Meagan, were at a Pittsburgh restaurant doodling logos and names on napkins for a gourmet popcorn and candy store. The family was moving to Frisco, Texas, for Paparella’s job at Dr Pepper Snapple Group and had decided to leave the corporate world behind to open a family business.

That’s when 19-year-old Meagan wrote the words “love peace popcorn,” doodling a heart, a peace sign and a piece of popcorn. Today, the brick and mortar store sells “peace love popcorn” T-shirts, fudge and, of course,¬† popcorn in more than 60 flavors¬† — even dill pickle-flavored. They’re on Twitter, Facebook and online with three registered domain names. They even trademarked the name and logo.
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Hershey sues Mars over trademarks

Bitter rivals on store shelves in the candy aisle may also duke it out in court.

The Hershey Co. sued Mars Inc. this week. The maker of Hershey’s and Reese’s chocolate candies says the maker of Snickers, M&Ms and Dove candies is mimicking its packaging. Get the full story »