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P&G Files Infringement Lawsuit Against RNA

August 22, 2008

Trade issues over Herbal Essences logo, design

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has filed a lawsuit against RNA Corporation of Blue Island, IL, for the infringement of its Herbal Essences intellectual property, including trademark, trade dress and design patents.

The suit, filed today in the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Cincinnati involves the company's Herbal Essences logo and the unique design of the Herbal Essences bottles for shampoos and conditioners. P&G claims private label manufacturer, RNA Corporation, is distributing shampoo and conditioner products under the name Hydrating Herbal Shampoo and Hydrating Herbal Conditioner which infringe the Herbal Essences intellectual property rights.

P&G is asking that RNA Corporation be ordered to stop distributing the infringing products, request the recall of existing inventory from store shelves and destroy the bottle molds.

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