Has there ever been a more star-crossed brand maintenance campaign than that of that troubled leftover from the dot-bomb days, Starbucks?
Looks like the Rat City Rollergirls will get to keep their logo after all.
Both logos are round, “with two stars, sans-serif font and a babe in the middle,” as reporter Andrea James put it.
James wrote more about the dispute in May.
By “inquiry” she means that after Starbucks’ successive extensions of time to oppose the registration of the Rat City logo were filed, the opposition period was terminated and, indeed, the mark was registered on September 9th.
And hardly surprising. Talk about a stretch!
Or am I being too contrary? Ok, so LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION seems quite un… likely. Infringement, no. But, after all, is there much question that the mark on the left evokes the famous mark on the right? If you believe in such things — and you should, when they are the law — this does not seem to be a terrible claim for trademark dilution, does it?
Or is Starbucks just playing the odds at this point?