When Does Parody Become Trademark Infringement?


According to The International Business Times, Starbucks is suing comedian Nathan Fielder for trademark infringement. Fielder created what he claims is a parody of Starbucks called Dumb Starbucks, which features all of the trademarked Starbucks symbols with the word Dumb before them. “Although we are a fully-functioning coffee shop, for legal reasons Dumb Starbucks needs to be categorized as a work of parody art,” said a representative of Dumb Starbucks. “So, in the eyes of the law, our ‘coffee shop’ is actually an art gallery and the ‘coffee’ you’re buying is actually the art.”

The line between parody and trademark infringement is very ambiguous. If you have a parody-related concern, you should consult an experienced intellectual property attorney to guide you through the process. The law offices of Robert G. Klein have over 25 years of intellectual property litigation experience. Our Los Angeles trademark infringement attorneys will fight on your behalf to recover any lost profits incurred by either the parody or the infringement case. To schedule a confidential consultation with one of our Los Angeles trademark infringement attorneys, call us today at (323) 653-3900, ext. 110.

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