Procter & Gamble sues Kraft again

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Procter & Gamble Co. has again sued Kraft Foods Inc. over coffee containers.

The consumer products maker says Kraft's Maxwell House Coffee has copied a Folgers container. P&G filed the patent lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Cincinnati.

It follows similar infringement lawsuits filed by the companies against each other last year. P&G spokeswoman Jen Becker says the earlier litigation is still pending.

P&G says Maxwell House's new four-pound plastic container infringes upon Folgers' lightweight plastic container that was introduced five years ago. The lawsuit seeks to stop Kraft Foods from selling the new Maxwell House container and also seeks recovery of damages.

Kraft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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