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Britannia To Take Appropriate Action Against Kraft Legal suit

Britannia Industries, the maker of Tiger biscuits, today said it will take “right and appropriate action as it always has” against thelawsuit filed by US-based Kraft Foods for alleged trademark and
copyright violation of its Oreo cookie brand.In a suit filed on Tuesday in the Delhi High Court, Kraft said the
Bangalore-headquartered biscuit maker’s newly-launched Treat-O snack copied its iconic chocolate and cream-filled sandwich cookie. It alleged Treat-O, with an emphasis on O, was inspired by Oreo and Britannia also copied the specific design like florets and etchings.


Kraft has sought an injunction to prevent Britannia from manufacturing, selling, marketing or advertising any product similar to Oreo cookies. The US-based confectionery maker has also sought damages
for such violations and unfair competition to its Oreo brand of cookies.

Harish Bijoor, a brand consultant, said Kraft had indeed spent a good amount of time and dollars to build a fabulous brand, Oreo, and they will not let go of Britannia’s Treat-O lightly. “Oreo is an Oreo and in
India, it costs a lot but people do buy it. Treat-O is too close for comfort. I think Britannia may have to relook at this,” he said.

This is the second time that Britannia has entered into a legal tussle with a global food company over patent issue. Britannia had taken French food company Danone to a Singapore court, alleging trademark
infringement of its Tiger biscuit. It settled the case with Kraft after Danone sold its biscuits business to the latter.

Industry experts said the timing of the dispute was important, as Kraft after taking over Cadbury was planning to manufacture and sell biscuits in India.

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