Cookie Cos. Chewed Out Over Cholesterol Health IP

Law360, New York (September 8, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT) -- A Smart Balance Inc. affiliate jarred more than a baker's dozen of companies — including Keebler Co., Nestle USA Inc. and Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie Co. — with a lawsuit in Wisconsin on Wednesday alleging their treats infringe a patented method for balancing cholesterol levels in dairy-based products.

GFA Brands Inc.’s suit, filed in Wisconsin federal court, spreads the blame among 14 companies whose cookies allegedly violate two patents licensed by co-plaintiff Brandeis University.

Defendants in the suit “buy products that infringe the patents-in-suit from...
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