Scotts Miracle-Gro Hit With Patent, Trade Secret Claims

Law360, New York (July 20, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT) -- Lawn and garden products company Encap LLC sued The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. LLC in Wisconsin federal court Monday, accusing it of infringing mulch and seed-related patents and misappropriating trade secrets from a confidential 2002 memorandum.

Encap's complaint lists four causes of action and said that Scotts Miracle-Gro's EZ Seed, Patch Magic and Turf Builder products infringe three patents. The suit also alleges that in 2002, Scotts personnel had confidential communications with Encap about the plaintiffs' technologies, then years later marketed products that used information Encap had...
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