Starbucks steams over new ‘Starstrucks’ cafes in India

NEW DELHI - Coffee giant Starbucks Corp is bitter about Indian entrepreneur Shanhaz Husain’s plans to start a chain of coffee cafes called Starstrucks in India, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Seattle-based multinational chain of coffee shops filed a complaint with India’s Controller-General of Patents, Designs and Trademark saying the name is deceptively similar to its own, the Mint business daily reported.

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Published: Sun 4 Mar 2007, 4:52 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:41 PM

Starbucks operates over 13,000 locations worldwide and is planning to open its first cafes in India this year. Husain, who is known as India’s herbal queen and owns the country’s leading company in field of beauty and anti-ageing treatments, vowed that she would stick to the name.

‘Why should I give it up? There is nothing wrong with it,’ she told the Mint.

‘Hundreds of others are deceptively similar. What to do? They have opposed and we will fight,’ Husain added.

Husain said she got the registration for Starstrucks in 2004 and will open 25 stores in a year. The coffee chain will have a glamour theme with posters of Hollywood stars.

‘My concept’s totally different,’ she said, ‘It will be a Hollywood-style look.’

Starbucks has sought permission from the Indian government in a joint venture with an Indonesian franchisee and India’s Pantaloon Retail, and hopes to open its first outlet in India by the end of 2007.

The company expects to replicate its success in another traditionally tea-drinking country, China, where it has about 190 cafes.

The government has asked for some clarifications from Starbucks about its joint-venture plan, the paper said.

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