NewsStarbucks Wins Green-Dot Trademark for Lidded Cup Illustrations Board reversed examiner’s rejection of examples of outlined cup Starbucks failed to show consumers recognized dot on undefined cup Starbucks Corp. won its years-long battle with the Patent and Trademark Office to trademark a green dot on depictions of coffee cups with lids, though a green circle on an illustration of undefined cup won’t get the same protection.The split decision from the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board Jan. 17 highlights the fine lines used in evaluating similar potential marks, supporting examples of their use and what exactly they demonstrate.
The Bundespatentgericht, Germany’s Federal Patent Court, has annulled a 3D trademark owned by Swiss food company Nestlé. On Friday, December 8, the Bundespatentgericht announced that it had annulled a shape mark for the Nespresso coffee capsule covering coffee in mid-November. The Nespresso machine uses the coffee capsules. The Patent Court found that the essential characteristics of the trademark conformed with the drawings of the external features of German patent DE 27,52,733, covering a cartridge fo