Small N.H. cof­fee maker pre­vails over Star­bucks

The Washington Times Daily - - Business -

TUFTON­BORO, N.H. | A small New Hamp­shire cof­fee pro­ducer that op­er­ates out of a barn has pre­vailed in a trade­mark in­fringe­ment case brought by Star­bucks over a blend called “Char­bucks.”

“We’re just a mom-and-pop lit­tle roast­ery,” said An­nie Clark, who with her hus­band, Jim, owns Black Bear Mi­cro Roast­ery in Tufton­boro. They were sued in 2001 in fed­eral dis­trict court in New York by Star­bucks, which al­leged Black Bear’s use of the name “Char­bucks” in­fringed, blurred and tar­nished its fa­mous trade­marks.

Star­bucks ap­pealed to the 2nd U.S. Court Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals af­ter Black Bear pre­vailed in dis­trict court. The ap­peals court agreed with the dis­trict court in a de­ci­sion Fri­day, say­ing Star­bucks didn’t prove its case.

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