Smucker, Kraft Hit Back In Coffee Patent Feud

Law360, New York (August 3, 2009, 2:09 PM EDT) -- J.M. Smucker Co., Kraft Foods Global Inc. and others are claiming that a Canadian coffee technology company that sued them for allegedly infringing patented coffee-processing technology does not own the rights to the patent-in-suit.

Smucker, its subsidiary Folgers Coffee Co., Kraft, Melitta USA Inc. and European Coffee Classics Inc. fired back against Balsam Coffee Solutions Inc. and its two founders in a declaratory judgment suit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

The coffee makers allege that U.S. Patent Number...
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