Judge Dumps Smucker, Kraft Coffee Patent Case

Law360, New York (January 22, 2010, 2:09 PM EST) -- A federal judge has thrown out a declaratory judgment action brought by J.M. Smucker Co., Kraft Foods Global Inc. and others asserting they did not infringe a patent for processing roasted coffee, citing jurisdiction.

Senior Judge Sandra S. Beckwith of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Thursday dismissed the case without prejudice, holding that the companies failed to show that the Canadian defendants — San Marco Roasters Inc., Balsam Coffee Solutions Inc. and two inventors of the patent — were subject...
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