The letter stated the chain has owned: '"America Runs on Dunkin'" since 2006 and found his use of a variation of the phrase a direct infringement on their rights.'Displaying "Plainville & North now runs on Mike's" creates a likelihood of confusion among consumers by implying that you are an approved vendor of ours.'Your actions are clearly designed to trade on the goodwill and reputation associated with the "America Runs on Dunkin'" trademark and constitutes both trademark infringement and trademark dilution.'But Copoulos denied the claim, telling the Chronicle he doesn't 'want to be anything like Dunkin' Donuts'.'I want to be the exact opposite: A friendly and happy place where you can talk to the owner,' he said.'I want my customers to come in here knowing they can get a good cup of coffee in a comfortable environment.' He then accused the coffee giant, which is worth an estimated billion according to recent reports, of having an ulterior motive.
Copoulos explained how his father decided to lease the land to Dunkin' when he decided to shut up shop 30 years ago, but never had an intention of selling it to the chain.
Then he reopened Mike's Coffee in its original place.'They want every corner and they don’t want any competition,' he said.'Because with no competition, you can do anything you want.
They always said they’re not afraid but according to this letter, I’m a threat to them.'And while it appears he may still have a war on his hands, Copoulos surrendered in the slogan battle.
He added the offers also came with a warning: 'If you don’t sell to us, we’re going to move down the street.'He didn't sell, and a Dunkin' Donuts opened nearby, he told the newspaper.YP advertisers receive higher placement in the default ordering of search results and may appear in sponsored listings on the top, side, or bottom of the search results page.*No representation is made that the person listed here is currently on the state's offenders registry.Accordingly, you should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any data presented on this site.A Massachusetts coffee shop owner was shocked to receive a cease-and-desist letter from Dunkin' Donuts claiming his was infringing on the company's catchphrase.