Starbucks Sues Coffee Chain Over 'Freddoccino' Drink

Law360, New York (January 12, 2016, 6:31 PM EST) -- Starbucks Corp. lodged a trademark lawsuit Monday in New York federal court accusing a Canadian chain restaurant operator of ripping off the coffee giant’s Frappuccino brand with a drink called the “Freddoccino.”

Starbucks says the similarly-named frozen drink — sold at Obsidian Group Inc.’s Coffee Culture Cafe locations in Western New York — is both infringing and diluting its trademark rights in the highly lucrative Frappuccino, which had $1.5 billion in sales in the last fiscal year.

“The Freddoccino mark is similar to Starbucks’ famous Frappuccino mark in appearance, sound, and connotation: both begin with FR–, contain four syllables, end with...

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