CINCINNATI, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) has settled a lawsuit against Apollo Health and Beauty Care Corporation of Concord Ontario, Canada, regarding the alleged infringement of its Herbal Essences Intellectual property, including trademark, trade dress and industrial design rights.
The suit, filed in December 2008 in the Federal Court of Canada, involved the company's Herbal Essences brand trade dress, the trademark and the unique design of the Herbal Essences bottles for shampoos and conditioners. In accordance with the settlement Apollo Health and Beauty Care Corporation has agreed to stop distributing the bottles in issue. Other terms of the settlement shall remain confidential.
Procter & Gamble introduced the award winning Herbal Essences packaging with the relaunch of the brand in 2006. "We are pleased to have reached an agreement protecting our Herbal Essences Brand equity," said Steven Jemison, P&G chief legal officer. "Intellectual Property is of utmost importance to Procter & Gamble and we intend to continue to vigorously protect our rights."
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