Coca-Cola Co. v. Kone Co. of America Case Brief

Coca-Cola Co. v. Kone Co. of America Case Brief - Coca-Cola...

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Coca-Cola Co. v. Koke Co. of America , 254 U.S. 143 (1920) Facts : In 1886, John Pemberton invented a caramel-colored carbonated soft drink. They named it Coca-Cola after two of its ingredients, coca leaves and kola nuts. The sold and advertised the beverage as Coke. The Coca-Cola Company is suing to prevent the Koke Company of America from using the word Koke for their products. They believe Koke Company is in violation of trademark infringement and is unfairly making and selling the beverage for which a trademark Coke is used. The Koke Company alleges that the Coca- Cola Company contained cocaine (from coca leaves), which it no longer did. The trial court ruled in favor of the plaintiff but the Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ruling. Coca-Cola Company then appealed to the United States Supreme Court. Issues: Whether Coca-Cola can prevent the infringement of its trademark Coca-Cola and unfair competition with it in its business of making and selling the beverage for which the trademark is used? Decision
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