Almost everyone in the world is familiar with the coffee giant, Starbucks, and most can spot their logo a mile away.  It is ubiquitous and can be found on almost every street corner.  Starbucks has become so ever-present and successful that apparently everyone wants a piece of it these days, including dog daycare companies.

Earlier this year, Andrea McCarthy-Grzybek opened a dog daycare in Illinois.  He named the daycare Starbarks Dog Daycare, and designed its logo to look very similar to the Starbucks logo (oval shaped, green background, white writing, and two stars on each side).  Starbucks was not pleased about this likeness and has demanded Starbarks to change their name and logo.

Starbucks v. Starbarks

Starbucks wants to protect their trademarked name and logo.  They are claiming that they have a legal obligation to safeguard their intellectual property in order to maintain their exclusive rights to it.


What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property refers to the one of a kind creations and products of the human mind that include patents, trademarks and copyright.  To learn more about intellectual property, click here.

What Do Intellectual Property Lawyers Do?

  • They commonly specialize in patent law, copyright law, or trademark law.
  • They tackle legal issues concerning the rights of ownership of intellectual property, including ideas, brands, logos, inventions, patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
  • They focus on issues regarding the legal or illegal use of intellectual property.
  • They are usually proficient in the application process and may help file your application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Filing your application will help protect your intellectual property rights.

For more information about intellectual property law, contact an intellectual property attorney near you.