Bangkok — (UPDATE) The judge in a Thai court urged multinational coffee giant Starbucks and the owners of local push-cart coffee business Starbung to try to settle their logo dispute before the next hearing on Nov 18, reported the Thai news media.
The court dismissed Starbuck’s petition to seek the arrest of the brothers who own ‘Starbung’ coffee, for allegedly failing to comply with an injunction that bans them from using their logo, which Starbucks says is based on the world-famous Starbucks trademark logo.
The brothers, Damrong and Damras Maslae, failed to show up in court, but were represented by their attorney, who said his clients had not received the summons, said a Bangkok Post report.
The street vendor’s coffee business operates on the curbside on Phra Arthit Road in Bangkok, and uses a green and white logo they say is inspired by their Islamic religion.
Their logo contains symbols representing halal, stars, and the crescent moon, with a Muslim man in the center. ‘Bung’ is the nickname of the older brother.
Their lawyer said he would bring his clients to the next court hearing.
After the hearing, the attorney told the media that his clients have thus far not entered into serious settlement talks with Starbucks because they still do not understand some of the laws involved in the case.