Procter & Gamble Settles Patent Claims With Coca-Cola

Law360, New York (April 5, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Putting an end to two patent infringement lawsuits, consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. and Coca-Cola Co. reached an agreement Tuesday over disputes concerning vitamin and nutrient supplements to orange juice and other fruit beverages.

Although the terms of the settlement were not disclosed, Coca-Cola will be permitted to continue selling its calcium-fortified juices and has taken a license for P&G’s patented preservative system for some of its noncarbonated Coca-Cola products.

In May 2002, Cincinnati-based P&G lodged a complaint against Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid juice unit...
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