Thai Luckin Coffee Claims for $290M From Chinese Luckin Coffee

Thailand’s 50R Group has filed a lawsuit against China’s Luckin Coffee, claiming 10 billion baht (US$290 million) in compensation. The Thai company claimed to have legally registered the “Luckin” trademark with the Thai Ministry of Commerce in 2020 and was allowed to use it to operate coffee shops selling tea and coffee drinks. However, Luckin Coffee later filed a lawsuit at Thailand’s Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court, accusing 50R Group of maliciously registering trademarks. The first instance court ruled in favor of Luckin Coffee, which was reversed by the appeal court in early December. 50R Group also claimed that Luckin Coffee forced it to stop using the disputed trademark before the court made a final decision, causing significant economic losses. The group is now asking the court to award it a total of 10 billion baht (US$290 million) in compensation. Luckin Coffee, a Chinese coffee company and coffeehouse chain, was founded in Beijing in 2017 and has since expanded to 10,000 stores in Thailand. The Thai company’s logo bears high similarity to China’s Luckin Coffee, with a small difference in the facing direction of the deer image.

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