Saputo Hits Kraft With Trademark Suit Over 'Toppers' Cheese

Law360, Los Angeles (June 7, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT) -- Saputo Cheese USA Inc. hit Kraft Foods Group Inc. and a subsidiary with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Friday, saying Kraft’s “Toppers” Velveeta cheese products infringe Saputo’s “Toppers" brand cheese mark that it has used since 1996.

Saputo raises allegations that the Toppers mark, which it says has come to be associated with its cheeses, is continually being infringed by Kraft, which promotes, markets, advertises and distributes a line of Velveeta brand cheese products under the mark “Toppers.” The mark has been used by Kraft...
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