Slim-Fast Mark Infringed By Rival, Unilever Alleges

Law360, New York (March 22, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT) -- Anglo-Dutch consumer goods conglomerate Unilever NV and a Michigan company have squared off in Michigan and New York federal courts over whether Unilever's "Slim-Fast" trademark for diet drinks and bars precludes the use of a "Slimful" mark on a rival line of diet foods.

Slimful's International IP Holdings LLC fired off the first shot, lodging a complaint March 18 in Michigan federal court seeking a declaration that Unilever subsidiary Conopco Inc. has no grounds to stop it from using the Slimful name. Then on Tuesday, Unilever...
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