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Nestle Purina Hit With $3M IP Verdict Over Tidy Cats Litter

Law360, Chicago (March 26, 2019, 10:18 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal jury on Tuesday awarded $3 million to Oil-Dri Corp. of America over its claims that Nestle Purina Pet Care Co.’s Tidy Cats line of clumping litter infringes a clay particle patent it has held since 1999.

The jury’s verdict, which caps off a seven-day trial, found that 19 litters Nestle Purina sells under the Tidy Cats label infringe six of the seven claims Oil-Dri asserted under U.S. Patent No. 5,975,019. However, the jury rejected Oil-Dri’s claim that Nestle Purina’s infringement was willful. The jurors also did not accept Nestle Purina’s allegations that Oil-Dri’s patent was invalid in the...

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February 3, 2015

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