Coffee heavyweight, Starbucks have taken a Bangkok street vendor, to Court claiming his logo is a breach of their own.
Starbucks are arguing that they obtained an injunction against the vendor in September preventing him from continuing to use the logo.
The hearing was due to begin on Monday, but the brothers failed to show. They have now been ordered by the Court to attend on 18 November.
Bangkok trademark attorney law firm, Chaninat and Leeds explain that although Thailand does not officially require trademarks to be registered, the registration of a trademark ensures companies do not knowingly infringe on an existing mark.
This is one story that continues to rumble. The infamous Bangkok fast food outlet “Hitler Chicken” is still making news.
A travel writer, Andrew Spooner, tweeted a picture of the outside of the outlet, whose color and imagery bore similiarties to famous fast food chain, KFC. Spooner claims not to have taken the picture, but just found it on the internet. However, the story then went viral, and the Daily Mail even quoted an individual who claimed he had eaten there. Unconfirmed reports also now allege the quote was made up.
The picture was however considered so legitimate that KFC even sought legal advice whether the sign outside the restaurant breached Thailand trademark law .
However it is now reported that the outlet has either now closed or in fact never really existed in the first place.
Thailand’s craze with so called “Nazi chic” has caused outrage with many western tourists, but Thailand attorneys explain it results from ignorance of history rather than any malice.
Federal prosecutors have already lost approximately a quarter of a million dollars trying to take away the Mongols Motorcycle Club trademark.
But now they’re having another bite at the cherry following the dissolvement of the group which has re-started with a new name. If successful it means that the federal government could end up owning the trademark it’s been after for years.
However, the case has just taken a new twist as Court House News Service reveals that the Gang/Club are now in fact suing the government. They claim they are not a criminal organization and are not responsible actions of any members. They also submit that a federal court already has ruled that the government cannot use RICO law to seize an organization’s trademarks, as they are now trying to do again.
Motorcycle clubs, such as the jesters, are popular in Thailand although we do not know whether any Thai motorcycle clubs have ever tried to trademark their brand under Thailand Trademark Law. If one tried to do so, they would need to either form a Thai juristic person or have an single individual register on their behalf