Folgers, Smucker Strike Back In Coffee Patent Scrap

Law360, New York (April 7, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Folgers Coffee Co. and its parent J.M. Smucker Co. on Tuesday fired back against a Canadian coffee technology company, denying infringement of a coffee processing method patent and calling the patent invalid.

In an answer and counterclaim filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Folgers also asserted several defense to claims over a patent held by Ontario-based Balsam Coffee Solutions Inc.

Melitta USA Inc., another defendant in the suit, filed a similar answer in late March. Kraft Foods Inc., which...
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