Abbott Unit Sues Hershey Over Low-Carb Trademark

Law360, New York (April 16, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In the first significant trademark dispute in the fast-growing low-carb diet market, Abbott Laboratories’ ZonePerfect Nutrition Co. has filed a lawsuit against Hershey Foods, claiming that Hershey’s forthcoming “Smartzone” nutrition bar infringes on ZonePerfect's trademarks.

The suit, which also names the Hershey Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation, a division of Hershey, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The suit claims that Hershey's "SmartZone" bar features a logo nearly identical to the one used on ZonePerfect products. Hershey has not started to...
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