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Oxfam Grinds Starbucks Over Ethiopian Trademarks

Law360 (October 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Outraged by what it has called irresponsible and unethical behavior, charity group Oxfam International accused Starbucks Corp. on Thursday of opposing a plan by Ethiopian coffee makers to trademark three of their coffee beans in the United States.

Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, had applied for trademarks for its most famous coffee names—Sidamo, Harar and Yirgacheffe—with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The country wants to capture more value from trade, control the use of the coffee beans and relay a greater share...
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