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P&G continues to police trademark

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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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)

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