CINCINNATI, Sept. 23 The Procter & GambleCompany (NYSE: PG) has filed a patent lawsuit against Kraft Foods Inc.,manufacturer of the Maxwell House Coffee brand.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States Federal District Court for theSouthern District of Ohio in Cincinnati, alleges that the new four-poundplastic container for Maxwell House coffee, now being introduced in the U.S.,directly infringes key Procter & Gamble patents on Folgers Coffee.
In 2003, P&G introduced Folgers Coffee in a consumer-preferred plasticcontainer. This innovation has grown the Folgers business for the past fiveyears.
"We made large investments to overcome the technical challenges in makinga lightweight plastic container that can withstand the pressure changes thatoccur between the factory and the consumer's home," said Steve Jemison, P&Gchief legal officer. "Many innovations in this container are covered by P&Gpatents, which we believe Maxwell House has infringed. We must protect ourintellectual property," he said.
The lawsuit seeks to stop Kraft Foods from selling the infringing MaxwellHouse Coffee package. It also seeks recovery of damages.
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