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P&G Files Suit Against RNA Corporation To Protect “Essence” Of Hair Brand

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Procter & Gamble has filed a federal lawsuit against RNA Corporation charging the Illinois firm with violating its Herbal Essences trademark, trade dress and design patents

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Firm has filed suit in the Federal Court of Canada against Concord, Ontario-based Apollo Health and Beauty Care Corporation for infringement of intellectual property related to its Herbal Essences brand. Private label manufacturer "is distributing look-alike Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner products" that infringe P&G's trademark, trade dress and design "to capitalize on the brand's success and loyalty," according to Dec. 11 release. P&G asks that Apollo be ordered to stop distributing the infringing products, recall existing inventory from store shelves and destroy the bottle molds. RNA Corporation and Blue Cross Laboratories also are among companies P&G has sued for alleged violations of its Herbal Essences patents (1"The Rose Sheet" Aug. 25, 2008, p. 10; 2"The Rose Sheet" Jan. 21, 2008, In Brief)

P&G continues to police trademark

Firm has filed suit in the Federal Court of Canada against Concord, Ontario-based Apollo Health and Beauty Care Corporation for infringement of intellectual property related to its Herbal Essences brand. Private label manufacturer "is distributing look-alike Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner products" that infringe P&G's trademark, trade dress and design "to capitalize on the brand's success and loyalty," according to Dec. 11 release. P&G asks that Apollo be ordered to stop distributing the infringing products, recall existing inventory from store shelves and destroy the bottle molds. RNA Corporation and Blue Cross Laboratories also are among companies P&G has sued for alleged violations of its Herbal Essences patents (1"The Rose Sheet" Aug. 25, 2008, p. 10; 2"The Rose Sheet" Jan. 21, 2008, In Brief)

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