1 June 2010Jurisdiction reportsAnne Mariae Celeste V. Jumadla

Coffee controversy

On March 3, 2010, the Supreme Court promulgated its decision in Coffee Partners Inc. v. San Francisco Coffee & Roastery Inc. (San Francisco), ruling that Coffee Partners’ use of the trademark ‘San Francisco Coffee’ infringed the trade name ‘San Francisco Coffee & Roastery Inc.’, even though the latter was not registered with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and not in actual use.

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