What’s in a Name?

August 30, 2013

Mumbo sauce has been hailed as the “heart and soul of D.C. carryout restaurants” —a sauce that truly “captures the flavor of the District.” But according to a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the term “mumbo sauce”—and perhaps the sweet, barbecue-like sauce itself—is not a D.C. native, but was legally born in Chicago. The upshot: The Chicago-born Argia B’s Mumbo Sauce can keep its trademark, while the locally based Capital City Mumbo Sauce may have to find a new moniker. (WCP)

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