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The coffee clash between
BY SIMON ROBINSON
Ethiopian coffee farmers
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Ethiopian coffee farmers hope to earn more with a
U.K.-based charity Oxfam last week accused Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks of blocking Ethiopian efforts to trademark three types of coffee beans in the U.S. Starbucks denies this, but the controversy continues to percolate.
How so? Owning the names,
How has Starbucks responded? The coffee chain has said it is against
Do governments frequently trademark native products? It's not uncommon, but they more frequently use geographic certification to brand everything from orange juice to cheeses.
Originally Published in TIMEeurope.com