Kimberly-Clark Sued Over Bacteria Test Patent

Law360, New York (July 30, 2009, 6:20 PM EDT) -- An inventor has accused health and hygiene giant Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. of infringing a patented method and apparatus for detecting bacteria in food using colored dyes.

The complaint, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleges that Kimberly-Clark has willfully and deliberately engaged in acts of direct infringement against a patent held by Marv Freadman.

The patent-in-suit is U.S. Patent Number 6,589,761, issued in 2003.

The patent relates to a method for determining whether potentially harmful bacteria is present in food...
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