Tag Archives: dilution

Starbucks Coffee, Burned Again

This past Friday, Starbucks received yet another blow in its 12-year long trademark dispute against Wolfe’s Borough Coffee Inc.  The Second Circuit affirmed U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain’s decision and found that Starbucks failed to prove that Wolfe Borough’s “Charbucks,” “Mister Charbucks,” and “Mr. Charbucks” marks were likely to dilute its brand.  As such, … Continue Reading

Louboutin’s Soles are Red, Tiffany Boxes are Blue . . .

Single color trademarks are registerable, protectable, and enforceable.  So held the Second Circuit in its long awaited decision in the Christian Louboutin SA v. Yves Saint Laurent America Holding Inc. case.  In doing so, the Second Circuit rejected the District Court’s finding that Christian Louboutin’s trademark on red-soled shoes may be invalid in itself and … Continue Reading

Louis’ Hangover

A federal judge has dismissed Louis Vuitton Malletier SA’s trademark infringement suit against Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. over the studio’s use of a knockoff bag in “The Hangover Part II.”  U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. granted Warner Bros.’ motion to dismiss after finding that public confusion as to the bag’s origin was unlikely, … Continue Reading