Folgers, Balsam Brew Deal To End Java Patent Spat

Law360, New York (March 23, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT) -- Canada-based Balsam Coffee Solutions Inc. has settled a bitter intellectual property dispute with Folgers Coffee Co. and several other java companies alleging infringement of its patent for processing roast and ground coffee.

Magistrate Judge John D. Love of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas signed off Monday on Balsam's confidential settlement with Folgers and its parent company J.M. Smucker Co.

On the same day, Balsam moved to settle with two other defendants — Melitta USA Inc. and European Coffee Classics Inc. —...
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