Mead Johnson Sues Gerber Over Packaging Patent

Law360, New York (August 16, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT) -- Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. slapped Nestle SA unit Gerber Products Co. with a lawsuit in Indiana federal court on Monday, claiming the rival baby food maker copied its patented easy-to-use packaging design.

The lawsuit, which also targets Nestle and its American arm Nestle USA Inc., alleges that Gerber's recently introduced “EasyScoop” plastic packaging violates U.S. Patent number 7,040,500, titled "Container and scoop arrangement."

The patent, which covers a container for a granulated product that is adapted to receive a scoop bucket so the contents of the...
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