Monthly Archives: October 2012

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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Pittsburgh Weather

Pittsburgh has so far escaped any major damage from Sandy. However, as we learn from cable reporters standing in waist deep water and TV logo monogramed wetsuits, we know that many folks in areas along the east coast have not fared so well. In Pittsburgh we have had a lot of rain and will have some river flooding, but perhaps got lucky, while surrounded by major weather issues. There are more people in West Virginia and the midwest who are still to see some nasty weather. We wish all those affected well in the days to come.