Case Study: Starbucks V. Wolfe's Borough Coffee

Law360, New York (December 8, 2009, 3:18 PM EST) -- In the latest chapter in a more-than-decade-old dispute between Starbucks Corporation and self-described “micro roastery” Wolfe’s Borough Coffee Inc., d/b/a Black Bear Micro Roastery, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals spooned up a partial victory for Starbucks in its suit claiming that Black Bear’s “Charbucks Blend” and “Mister Charbucks” coffee brands (collectively the Charbucks Marks) infringe upon and dilute Starbucks’ famous trademarks.

Starbucks Corporation v. Wolfe’s Borough Coffee Inc., 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 26300 (2nd Cir. Dec. 3, 2009).

The district court ruled for Black Bear...
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