Cincinnati-based P&G said it filed a patent infringement suit in federal court in San Francisco. P&G claims Kraft's new Maxwell House can infringes on the design of P&G's 4-year-old Folgers can.
"In 2003, P&G introduced Folgers Coffee in a consumer-preferred plastic container," P&G said. "This innovation has grown the Folgers business for the past four years."
The lawsuit seeks to stop Kraft Foods from selling the allegedly infringing Maxwell House Coffee package. It also seeks recovery of an undisclosed amount of damages.