Summer Holiday infringements


Markmatters is back from its summer holiday and ready to provide you with more remarkable, funny and interesting IP news. But first we want to share the trademark infringements we encountered during our holidays; a trademark attorney is never really [...]

Summer Holiday infringements2019-06-26T10:31:03+02:00

Charbucks coffee


A tiny coffee producer from New Hampshire has prevailed in a trademark infringement case brought by Starbucks over a blend called "Charbucks". The small ‘company’ operates out of a barn, and uses the classic response: "We're just a mom-and-pop little [...]

Charbucks coffee2018-06-01T16:29:12+02:00

Save the environment? Change your trademark


You can save the environment by changing your trademark. How? Ink! Yes, ink. Reducing paper waste by printing less is already quite common. You may already have a sentence underneath your email signature, asking not to print the email (ironically, [...]

Save the environment? Change your trademark2017-12-12T23:44:18+01:00

Branded in memory


What happens if you would ask 150 people to draw famous trademarks, completely from memory? The result is amazing. The Starbucks-logo, the IKEA-logo, the Apple-logo. Each of the logo’s are incredibly well-known. You would recognise them anywhere. But could you [...]

Branded in memory2017-10-09T15:47:42+02:00

Battle of the unicorns


Coffee giant Starbucks is being sued by a New York City cafe over its 'Unicorn Frappuccino'. Let us introduce you to 'David', a cafe in Brooklyn called 'The End', who is suing 'Goliath', worldwide coffee chain Starbucks. It all centers around... a unicorn. The [...]

Battle of the unicorns2017-05-10T07:45:31+02:00

Starbucks Dabuccino


Starbucks, the coffee giant, has won a copyright infringement lawsuit over the design of a water pipe that resembles the chain's Frappuccino cup. The water pipe, named the Dabuccino, features glass for the chamber, a green mouthpiece that looks like a [...]

Starbucks Dabuccino2016-10-31T07:45:56+01:00

Starbucks parody


A trademark is a tool of communication. A name / logo gives a product or services an appearance, an identity, a personality. This appearance is formed by advertising, events and other promotional activities, plus many other aspects like the design [...]

Starbucks parody2016-10-25T10:20:08+02:00

The best thing…?


Earlier this week we've seen what the worst thing is that can happen to a trademark. But what's the best thing that can happen to a trademark? You would say that the trademark becomes itself. When the trademark is affected [...]

The best thing…?2016-02-24T08:29:27+01:00

Frapp & Fredd


Starbucks Corporation filed a law suit against Obsidian Group Inc., a rival coffee chain, for alleged infringement of its ‘Frappuccino’ trademark. According to Starbucks, Obsidian has been selling blended frozen beverages at its Coffee Culture Cafés under the name ‘Freddoccino’. [...]

Frapp & Fredd2016-01-18T06:45:10+01:00

Holidays are over…


Okay, holidays are over. Back to work everyone! But before you do, please enjoy the blatant trademark infringements that were found on the exotic markets in that tropical paradise, or on that smelly street with the cheap branded stuff (click [...]

Holidays are over…2015-08-24T08:15:46+02:00
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