Blog: Heinz prevails in another Dip & Squeeze lawsuit
Dean Best | 23 February 2016
Kraft Heinz has won through in a court case over the rights to the Dip & Squeeze packets used for its Heinz tomato ketchup.
Scott White, an Illinois inventor, launched legal action against the then HJ Heinz in 2012, claimed the company had used his idea for a new way of packaging ketchup. White said he filed for a patent, trademarked CondiCup, in 2005, which he says was the basis for the Dip & Squeeze packets launched by Heinz in 2011.
In 2013, White's claim was dismissed; he then took his case to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which supported the initial ruling. White took his case to the court of appeal, which on Friday backed the trademark body.
It is not the only time Heinz has faced action over the packaging. In 2010, David Wawrzynski sued Heinz in a Michigan court over the same product, which he claimed was based on his own Little Dipper packaging concept. Heinz prevailed then, too.
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