Arnold & Porter's Robert Winter probably never thought he'd be pushing his client's message on YouTube when he agreed to help the government of Ethiopia protect the intellectual property associated with the names of its most famous coffee-growing regions. So why was he doing it? The answer: coffee. Specifically, it's a conflict between Starbucks and Ethiopia over the country's efforts to protect its IP rights, thus obtaining a better price for a commodity that accounts for about half of its export income.
Ethiopian Coffee Trademark Dispute With Starbucks Runs Hot and Cold
March 8, 2007