Monday, September 29, 2014

Philippines freezes copy Starbucks mark

The Bureau of Legal Affairs (BLA) of the Philippines Intellectual Property Office has made a decision in favor of Starbucks against Cafe de Manila. The latter made a trademark application for a slogan “The Frap Bar Everyone Deserves and Designs” for coffee products.
Starbucks owns the trademark FRAPPUCCINO, one of its most popular drinks brands.  The BLA decided that Frap was similar because it constitutes a prefix or dominant part of Starbucks' registered trademark FRAPPUCCINO. 

The containment of a trademark entirely inside another is a regular headache for IP offices. The extent to which added material in the senior mark renders it different is not usually considered. Although here the focus on the prefix might be right given Starbucks' long and widespread use.

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