Burgers are serious business, and like anything, it appears they can be trademarked. The West Coast-based burger chain In-N-Out filed a lawsuit against Smashburger on Monday over its alleged trademark infringement of one of the company's burgers. In In-N-Out's view, Smashburger's "Triple Double" burger -- launched earlier this summer -- cuts way too closely to its own "Double-Double" burger.
Both Smashburger's Triple Double and In-N-Out's Double-Double are cheeseburgers that feature two burger patties and multiple slices of cheese sandwiched between toasted buns.
“Smashburger’s use of the Triple Double and Smashburger Triple Double marks is likely to confuse and mislead the consuming public, and injure In-N-Out, by causing consumers to believe incorrectly that Smashburger’s products originate from or are authorized by In-N-Out,” the lawsuit, first reported by the Orange County Register, states.