Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Procter & Gamble settles patent dispute with Coca-Cola

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has settled two patent infringement lawsuits with Coca-Cola that involve adding calcium in juice and preserving non-frizzy drinks. However, companies haven’t disclosed terms of the settlement, but under the settlement, Coca-Cola may continue to sell its calcium juices and use Procter’s preservative technology. In 2002, P&G filed first suit against Coca-Cola in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati for infringing its patented technology for making calcium enriched juice. P&G alleged that Coca-Cola infringes its Patent covering calcium-supplemented juice products. Second suit was filed in 2004 by P&G alleging that Coca-Cola infringes its patented preservative technology covered by three US Patents.

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