Starbucks Sues Starbung Coffee Stall

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A Bangkok coffee maker is in trouble over his logo

This coffee stall in Thailand is being sued by Starbucks.

A Thai coffee stall has been sued by Starbucks thanks to its eerily similar green-and-white logo.

The Guardian reports that a coffee stall in Bangkok has been hit with a trademark violation complaint; the green-and-white "Starbung" emblem has a man pouring coffee with the peace sign in the middle of a circle.

"My logo is halal and has a moon and a star, and is green for the color of Islam," owner Damrong Maslae told the Guardian. "Starbucks has insisted I take out the green and the words 'star' and 'coffee.' I can't do that."

Starbucks filed a cease-and-desist letter late last year, and has since filed a a petition with the international trade and central intellectual property court. The company fears that customers will believe they're purchasing Starbucks coffee.

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Starbung, however, serves coffee in the Thai style, and Maslae vows to "fight them to the end."