Smucker, Kraft Fail To Nix Coffee Patent Spat

Law360, New York (October 15, 2009, 4:55 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has allowed Balsam Coffee Solutions Inc.'s infringement suit over coffee-processing technology to proceed, ruling that J.M. Smucker Co., Kraft Foods Global Inc. and others failed to prove the Canadian coffee technology company doesn't own the rights to the disputed patent.

Judge John D. Love of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss filed by Smucker, its subsidiary Folgers Coffee Co., Kraft, Melitta USA Inc. and European Coffee Classics Inc.

The defendants argued that...
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