Starbucks® v. Starbarks

by: Kelly A. Williams, a shareholder at Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.

Near the top of the list of my favorite things in life (besides my family and working at PSMN of course) are dogs and Starbucks® coffee.  In fact, let me take a brief moment to give a shout out to my black lab, Sadie, who may be reading this blog over her morning crunchies (really—she’s that smart).  Anyway, because of my love of dogs, Starbucks® and intellectual property infringement law, this definitely caught my eye:  “Starbucks Objects to Dog Day Care Starbarks’ Logo,” which I found on the ABCNews website.

So what do you think?  Would people looking for a dog daycare likely be confused by a logo that looks like the Starbucks® logo but says Starbarks Daycare?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  I don’t want to take a position because I like both companies.  I think I’ll just sit back, have a cup of coffee and pet my dog (when I get home from work).  See you in a little bit, Sadie.

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