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Ethiopia: clash over trademark

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia, Development, Economics & Business, Environment, Law

Ethan discusses the clash between the Ethiopian government and Starbucks over trademark [1], “Last year, the Ethiopian government filed trademark applications to protect the names “Sidaro”, “Harar” and “Yirgacheffe” – the hope was to prevent unscrupulous coffee dealers from buying inexpensive beans from other countries and selling them as “Sidaro”, whether or not they emerged from the region.”