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Starbucks loses 'Charbucks' appeal
Reuters ^ | November 15, 2013 | Jonathan Stempel

Posted on 11/15/2013 12:39:24 PM PST by EveningStar

Starbucks Corp has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to stop a small, family-owned New Hampshire roaster from selling coffee known as "Charbucks."

Ruling in a case that began in 2001, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Black Bear Micro Roastery and its owner, Wolfe's Borough Coffee Inc., may keep selling "Charbucks Blend," "Mister Charbucks" and "Mr. Charbucks" coffee.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: charbucks; coffee; lawsuit; newhampshire; starbucks; trademark

1 posted on 11/15/2013 12:39:24 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Doesn’t sound any better tasting the Starbucks


2 posted on 11/15/2013 12:40:54 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: EveningStar

Starbucks is charred, so I can see the mistake.


3 posted on 11/15/2013 12:42:19 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: EveningStar

I’m surprised the big company didn’t get their way. Disney Inc. will stop at nothing to protect all their little Mickey’s and images thereof. McDonalds, also aggressively protective. Maybe any such protection only last for X number of years, like a patent.


4 posted on 11/15/2013 12:43:16 PM PST by lee martell
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To: EveningStar

Still waiting for the Herman Melville case to wind it’s way through the courts.


5 posted on 11/15/2013 12:45:53 PM PST by Rinnwald
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To: DesertRhino

Yup. Even when I go back to Vancouver, there’s an SB at every damn corner like here in L.A.


6 posted on 11/15/2013 12:52:14 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: EveningStar

Here in Russia, the Burberry brand is (of course) very prestigious.

There are a lot of companies that play on the name:

1. Cheeseberry’s - cafe featuring cheesecake.
2. Shashlikberry’s - a cafe selling shashlik (Russian BBQ)
3. Borschberry’s - a cafe selling traditional Russian food.
4. Rakberry’s -boiled crawfish takeout (rak = crawfish in Russian)


7 posted on 11/15/2013 12:58:11 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: EveningStar

I’m thinking of opening a coffee shop named Starstrucks.


8 posted on 11/15/2013 12:59:12 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: lee martell

“Maybe any such protection only last for X number of years, like a patent.”

After such time, I can steal your farm, your factory, your company?


9 posted on 11/15/2013 1:04:06 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: lee martell

I’m surprised the big company didn’t get their way. Disney Inc. will stop at nothing to protect all their little Mickey’s and images thereof. McDonalds, also aggressively protective. Maybe any such protection only last for X number of years, like a patent.

They should have taken lessons from Apple, no does or rather did intimidation like Steve Jobs.


10 posted on 11/15/2013 1:07:32 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Starstruck

“I’m thinking of opening a coffee shop named Starstrucks.”

I;m thinking of opening a coffee shop named “He Brew.”


11 posted on 11/15/2013 1:09:20 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

I was thinking of opening a Deli named Cheese’s Kryst.


12 posted on 11/15/2013 1:12:18 PM PST by Loud Mime (Living Orwell's nightmare)
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To: EveningStar

Why anyone would take as a brand name the nickname given Starbucks on the basis of their always overroasting their coffee is beyond me.

Still, after the absurd trademark decision won by North Face against the parody clothing line “South Butt” (rendered by a judge who can’t tell north from south, right from left (the two curved regions making a stylized butt were on the right, while the three curved regions of the North Face logo are on the left), or a face from a butt), it’s good to see parody branding being upheld.


13 posted on 11/15/2013 1:23:13 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Jewbacca
I;m thinking of opening a coffee shop named “He Brew.”

LOL Jehovah Java. The great Awakener.

14 posted on 11/15/2013 1:25:17 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Jewbacca
These Guys beat you to the punch... ;-)
15 posted on 11/15/2013 1:26:37 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Jewbacca
The Schmaltz Brewing Company beat you to the punch. HE'BREW: The Chosen Beer.

Don't know if it's any good ...

16 posted on 11/15/2013 1:27:59 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: EveningStar

Well, Starbucks stole their name from a Herman Melville character, so I don’t think have any grounds.


17 posted on 11/15/2013 1:30:47 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: truth_seeker

You’re conflating real property with intellectual property. The same rules don’t, and logically can’t, apply to both.


18 posted on 11/15/2013 1:44:09 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: truth_seeker

I don’t advocate someone ‘lifting’ the business model from another business, no. I’m just trying to understand why this Charbuck’s company got away with it, and other imitators don’t without getting threats by a company lawyer.
Might be another case of Cronyism. You know, like the Canadian company that (mis)designed the ObamaCare website, which just so happens to be owned by one of Michelle’s old school chums. What a coincidence!


19 posted on 11/15/2013 1:51:47 PM PST by lee martell
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To: EveningStar

Since Starbucks tastes like burned s*** anyway, Charbucks is a more accurate name.


20 posted on 11/15/2013 2:22:19 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: EveningStar

La Colombe. the only way to brew.
(the co-founder Todd Charmichael calls it Charbucks all the time, and I wholly agree :) )


21 posted on 11/15/2013 2:23:37 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: Jewbacca

There is a beer named He’Brew..
http://shmaltzbrewing.com/


22 posted on 11/15/2013 2:25:02 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Starstruck
I have been getting a lot of milage on FR lately from an old Foamy the Squirrel Flash video made 10 years ago that calls the coffee house "Starschmucks".

Language Warning

23 posted on 11/15/2013 6:27:00 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala
I have been getting a lot of milage on FR lately from an old Foamy the Squirrel Flash video made 10 years ago that calls the coffee house "Starschmucks".

Since my username was based on Ken Star getting the real goods on Clinton in 1998 maybe I should change it to Starschmuck.

24 posted on 11/15/2013 6:34:15 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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