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The Tycoon Tea Battle

In 1881, Corbin, May & Company filed for a trademark that included the word “Tycoon” prominently displayed, claiming the word uniquely identified their imported teas. W.J. Gould & Company, a competing tea importer, also used “Tycoon” to describe their teas. Corbin sought an injunction in the lower courts to force Gould to cease using the word “Tycoon” and asked for damages for lost revenue. The lower court dismissed the claims by Corbin without a written opinion and the case, Corbin  v. Gould, came to the Supreme Court on appeal.

On February 3, 1890, the Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal holding that “Tycoon” had long been used as a description of certain teas imported from Japan. Relying on the original labels provided by Corbin, the Court found insufficient similarity between them to warrant a finding of trademark infringement.


Tea labels submitted as part of the Transcripts of Records in Corbin v. Gould.
Tea labels submitted as part of the Transcripts of Records in Corbin  v. Gould.
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