Nestle Targets Sara Lee Over Espresso Capsules

Law360, New York (June 15, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT) -- Nestle SA has brewed an infringement suit in France accusing its rival Sara Lee Corp. of manufacturing espresso capsules that infringe intellectual property covering the Nespresso coffee-making system.

The Switzerland-based food maker announced Tuesday that it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit in France alleging that Sara Lee's L'Or Espresso capsules — which are compatible with Nestle's Nespresso single-serving espresso machines — infringe patents covering the brand.

A Nestle spokesman said on Tuesday that the company initiated the infringement suit over its Nespresso system in order...
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