P.&G. sues Kraft over plastic coffee container

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co. has filed a patent lawsuit against Kraft Foods Inc. for issues with Maxwell House Coffee packaging.

The lawsuit alleges the new 4-lb plastic container for Maxwell House coffee directly infringes on P.&G. patents for Folgers Coffee. Specifically, in 2003 P.&G. introduced Folgers in a plastic container, which greatly grew the business.

"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 Steve Jemison, 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."

The lawsuit follows a similar suit filed last year. The latest suit was filed in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

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