Coffee giant Starbucks is in a dogfight with Starbarks, a fledgling canine day care center outside Chicago, over its name and logo's resemblance to the java chain's trademark emblem. Andrea McCarthy-Grzybek, 46, who co-owns the doggie day care located at 220 North Main Street in Algonquin, Ill., with her husband Al, 44, said she'll change their business name and logo if she's pushed, but can't afford to pursue the case further in court. In April, only a month after Starbarks' grand opening, she received a cease and desist letter from Starbucks, demanding they alter all similar aspects of their business
That's nice, let's just kill a small business. Where are the anti-bully crowds defending this business? Starbarks' is going to have ZERO affect on Starbucks bottom line. Starbucks is pathetic, never have patronized them, never will.
It's clear copyright infringement and the small business owner knows it. Everyone should be protected by and subject to the law regardless of how I personally feel concerning their politics. To think and do otherwise is to behave like Obama and the liberal socialist. Obey and uphold the law or you might as well not have any. End of story.
#3 is absolutely right. According to Intellectual Property law, you cannot be selective in when you protect your IP. Whether it's patent, trademark, copyright, etc.
If you allow just ONE exception, you lose the ability to successfully prosecute any other infringements. I would suspect that Starbucks may think that this is cute and even possibly flattery coming from a company like this. Just because they're a large company doesn't make them evil.
Image is worth a lot. Even though Apple Records (aka, John, Paul, George, and Ringo) was around long before Apple Computers, I believe there were some trademark issues there as well. But who could confuse the two - then came iTUNES. Does iTUNES even have songs from the Apple lable yet?
Perhaps Starbark's could have gotten away with it had they not also gone for similar logos.
Might I suggest Moonbarks, with a dog howling at the moon as a logo, of course this might apply better to an overnight kennel than day care.
NEW YORK— Regrouping with Democrats after a bitter fiscal fight, President Barack Obama on Friday cast the recent spending-and-debt standoff with Congress as "a symptom of a larger challenge" but one offering Democrats the chance to show voters the virtues of their vision for government ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. After putting politics on hold as a showdown with Congress forced the government to shut down, Obama launched a six-week burst of fundraising for Democrats with a pair of top-dollar events in New York. He told donors that the impasse, at its core, was "a symptom of a larger
Princeton economics professor Uwe E. Reinhardt gives President Obama a letter grade on the roll out: President Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. How would he have graded a student’s performance on, say, a term paper or test that the professor viewed as “unacceptable,” especially when there was “no excuse” for the paper’s deficiencies? One would hope that the grade would have been F, even under modern grade inflation. I certainly would affix that grade to such inexcusably deficient work. Reinhardt finds it incredible that the President was left out of the loop (as Sec. Sebelius
Conservative purist Ted Cruz addressed the concerns of any Iowa Republicans who reject him as too rigid, arguing he knows exactly how to unify the GOP and how to turn the country around. The answer: “Restore historic economic growth,” he said. Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, who has been drawn to the presidential testing grounds of Iowa three times now in less than three months, told an audience of about 600 at the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Ronald Reagan fundraising dinner: “We need to come together.” “And let me tell you, growth and principles are ideas that unify Republicans,”
President Obama told Republicans in Congress that he doesn´t want to hear about additional cuts to government programs after the 16-day shutdown. The president said the country can afford to make investments in areas like education, and he noted that the shutdown cut into the economy. “Don´t tell me we can afford to shut down the government, which costs our government billions of dollars, but we can´t afford to invest in our kids,” Obama said at a school in Brooklyn. “This obsession with cutting for the sake of cutting hasn´t helped our economy grow, it´s held us back,” Obama said.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (CFPPC) is attempting to link the Koch brothers to violations of campaign finance disclosure laws without any evidence the Koch’s were involved. Ann Ravel, the outgoing chair of the CFPPC, has accused libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch of funneling “dark money” into two ballot initiatives in 2012 despite the fact that the Kochs did not donate directly or indirectly to either measure. Two nonprofit groups, the Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR) and Americans for Responsible Leadership (ARL), reached a civil settlement with the California Commission on Thursday, agreeing to pay a $1
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA — An angry group of victims and survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks lectured the media Friday, accusing the press of forgetting about them and neglecting to properly cover the ongoing war crimes commission. The commission concluded a week of proceedings Friday afternoon, consisting of 21 hours of hearings and the discussion over 20 motions in the ongoing attempt by the U.S. government to convict five men for conspiracy in the 2001 attacks. But for victims and survivors of the attacks, the judicial process has dragged on for far too long — leading some of them
Two soldiers were shot Thursday afternoon at Millington Armory outside a U.S. Navy base north of Memphis by a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard, who was disarmed and taken into custody. The suspect, Sergeant First Class Amos Patton, was a recruiter and his victims were his superiors. The 20-year National Guard veteran remains in custody Friday morning. Both victims are being treated for non-life threatening wounds at a Memphis hospital, said Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback. Major Jeff Crawford was struck in the thigh, and a sergeant was hit in the foot. A third guardsman was grazed in
Two members of Congress got into a shouting match Thursday over whether the error-plagued Obamacare Americans give up their privacy rights when they apply for health insurance through the federal government. Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey unleashed a round of verbal Kung-Fu during a House hearing after Reps. Joe Barton of Texas and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee accused software contractors of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPPA, by collecting Americans´ personal information from Healthcare.gov. And one company official testified to the House Energy and Commerce Committee that 2,000 employees have access to the information Americans
A 67-year-old Connecticut man has come forward to reveal that he was the teenage driver in a photo captured by Ringo Starr in 1964 - but that no one would believe he´d met the musician until now. Gary Van Duersen, 67, told MailOnline how he and his friends cut school and jumped in his car to go and see the band at John F. Kennedy Airport. He came forward after Starr, 73, wrote in his new book ´Photograph´, which contains never-before-seen images, that he would like to know who the teenagers were. ´It´s just a great shot,´ he wrote. ´They´re
All week long, one Brooklyn high school has been buzzing. The president’s coming! It was amazing enough that President Obama used his State of the Union address to praise the school for its innovative spirit. But today, Mr. Obama is visiting the school, the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, in Crown Heights. “This is the first time I’m going to meet Obama,” said Shien Hunte, 14. “It’s been hectic.” Latifa Morris, 15, said students have been chattering constantly about his arrival. “They say they just want to touch him,” she said. But to get that close, they’ve
Brussels - German officials will travel to the U.S. "shortly" for talks about spying allegations, including whether Chancellor Angela Merkel´s cellphone was monitored by the National Security Agency, the government said Friday. The heads of Germany´s foreign and domestic intelligence agencies will participate in the talks with the White House and NSA, government spokesman Georg Streiter said - though he later said the exact composition of the team had yet to be determined. He did not give a specific date for the trip, saying it was being arranged on "relatively short notice." European Union leaders, meeting at a summit in
There may someday be another Cruz in Congress, if one of Sen. Ted Cruz’s daughters has her way. Delivering remarks at The American Spectator’s Robert L. Bartley gala dinner in downtown Washington on Wednesday night, the Texas Republican recalled a recent conversation he had in the car with his two young children. “We’re driving down and Caroline, the 5-year-old, turns to her little sister. She says, ‘Catherine, what do you want to do when you grow up?’” According to Cruz, his 2-year-old daughter replied, “I want to work in the U.S. Senate. I want to work with daddy.” Cruz, 42,
Sen. John McCain’s daughter says that her father is “depressed” and “frustrated” with the impact the “hyper-conservative wing of the party” is having on national politics, including on the recent government shutdown. “We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” Meghan McCain said in a joint interview with ABC and Yahoo News. Ms. McCain, who has her own reality show “Raising McCain,” said the last time she can remember her father was so depressed about the state of politics was after his failed 2008 presidential bid. “He is
Does President Obama belong on the same list as John Kennedy and Bill Clinton when it comes to presidents who are sex symbols? That’s what Entertainment Tonight reporter Rocsi Diaz thinks. First Lady Michelle Obama chuckled and smiled as Diaz asked her what it’s like to be married to someone who’s seen by many women as a “sex symbol,” in an interview that aired Tuesday evening. “He’s got a little swag, you know, that’s okay,” the first lady said. “I’m proud of him. He’s a stylish man who is healthy and he’s smart and he’s passionate and he’s inspiring. And
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says that "Everybody" is "willing to pay more" taxes. He said so in an interview with a Nevada Public Radio host. “The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid told the radio host, according to Roll Call. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.” Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts
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Just how bad was the shutdown for America´s image on the world stage? So bad, says Secretary of State John Kerry, that foreign officials joked about buying him meals. "I have seen how our allies, our partners and those who wish to challenge us or to do us harm are all sizing us up every day," Kerry said at an event hosted by Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. "What we do in Washington matters deeply…that´s why a self-inflicted wound like the shutdown can never happen again." Kerry added that the shutdown delayed security aid to Israel. "The dysfunction and
Shepard Smith, the endlessly endearing (and easily angered) Fox News anchor, has likened the right-wing channel to a “family,” with president Roger Ailes as its domineering father. Which makes it only slightly awkward that in early 2012, the 49-year-old anchor started courting an attractive young production assistant who worked under him on Fox Report With Shepard Smith. Now they are a couple. Gawker has learned that Smith is dating a 26-year-old Penn State grad and Fox Business producer named Giovanni “Gio” Graziano. According to multiple sources with knowledge of their relationship, the couple met sometime after Graziano started working at Fox
It took a tea-party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultraconservative ideologues across red America. (Snip) "Hopefully we´ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. "We´re going to be very aggressive and we´re going to get in their faces." The caterwauling over the GOP brand ramped up after President Obama´s
We´re hearing for the first time from a security officer who witnessed the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack on the mission and a nearby annex. In an interview for "60 Minutes," correspondent Lara Logan spoke with a British citizen, who had been hired to train the Libyan guards at the U.S. mission. He calls himself Morgan Jones, a pseudonym to protect his safety.Jones says he was annoyed that the State Department wouldn´t allow his guards to carry guns. As the
If House lawmakers wanted a clear admission of guilt during today’s testimony from four government contractors behind the botched healthcare.gov launch, they must have been sorely disappointed. Instead, the committee hearing offered a daisy chain of blame and interconnected responsibilities—a reflection of just how convoluted the massive effort became. An official from CGI Group (GIB/A:CN), the main contractor for the Obamacare health exchanges, described 55 different subcontractors who worked on the site, which consisted of six main “complicated systems” and interacted with numerous
Marines are decrying a new look President Obama has planned for their uniforms — namely, a unisex-style cap that they say looks more French than American, more “girly” than hard-charging. “We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets and the DoD [Department of Defense] is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats,” one senior Marine said to The New York Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.” One estimate is that the new hats could cost about $8 million. The hats are thinner and smaller, aimed at looking equally good on females as well
On the top of Thursday´s broadcast of his radio show, Sean Hannity revealed Erling Davis, the Obamacare operator he called early in his Monday show, got fired. Hannity quizzed her on how well the law is being received by applicants and she revealed no one liked it. Hannity had Davis on his show today and revealed he will give her a year´s salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.