Starbucks, Ethiopia Settle Trademark Dispute

Law360, New York (May 3, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Starbucks Corp. has reached an agreement with the Ethiopian government over the trademarking of the African nation’s coffee beans, potentially settling a dispute that has been raging for the last year.

On Thursday, Starbucks announced that it would sign a licensing, distribution and marketing agreement that “recognizes the importance and integrity of Ethiopia’s specialty coffee names” with the Ethiopian government this month.

"Ethiopia is firmly committed to work in partnership with all international specialty coffee companies and distributors of its fine coffees, including Harar, Sidamo and...
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