P&G files patent infringement lawsuit against Kraft

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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CINCINNATI — The Procter & Gamble Co. has filed a patent lawsuit against Kraft Foods Inc., claiming a new plastic container for Maxwell House Coffee, a Kraft product, infringes on P&G patents with Folgers Coffee.

"We made large investments to overcome the technical challenges in making a lightweight plastic container that can withstand the pressure changes that occur between the factor and the consumer’s home," said Jim Johnson, chief legal officer for P&G. "Many innovations in this container are covered by P&G patents, which we believe Maxwell House has infringed. We must protect our intellectual property."

P&G introduced Folgers Coffee in a plastic container in 2003 and the container has grown the Folgers business during the last four years. The lawsuit seeks damages and to stop Kraft from selling Maxwell House Coffee in the questionable package.

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