Pulling Seattle's Best Coffee Won't Infringe IP: Borders

Law360, New York (June 1, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT) -- Borders Group Inc. on Tuesday defended its efforts to exit a licensing agreement with Seattle's Best Coffee LLC, taking issue in New York bankruptcy court with the Starbucks Corp. unit's insistence that debranding the bookseller's cafes would infringe intellectual property rights.

Borders hopes to save $10 million annually by pulling the Seattle's Best brand out of its stores, but Seattle's Best warned that Borders had to strictly follow the licensing agreement lest vestiges of its intellectual property be left behind and infringed on.

Borders said it...
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