Court Finds No Copyright Protection for Shapes & Colors in Recent Suit Against Starbucks

The Plaintiff artist in this case claimed that she was approached to create an advertising campaign for Starbucks.  She declined but argued that Starbucks stole the core of her style, creating an ad that had the same shapes and colors as much of her art.  While “look and feel” claims are common in Copyright suits, “style” is not protectable under copyright law.  The fact that Starbucks used similar shapes and colors was not sufficient to support her claim and the suit was dismissed. 

McDonald’s Loses EU “Big Mac” Trademark

Irish fast food chain, Supermac, has successfully challenged McDonald’s EU trademark BIG MAC. After reviewing the mark, the EU Intellectual Property Office found that evidence submitted by McDonald’s was insufficient to support its use. The BIG MAC trademark registration was canceled and Supermac is now free to expand within the UK and EU.