CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble announced last week that it has settled a lawsuit against Apollo Health and Beauty Care Corp. of Concord, Ontario, regarding the alleged infringement of its Herbal Essences intellectual property, including trademark, trade dress and industrial design rights.
The suit, filed in December 2008, 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 Corp. has agreed to stop distributing the bottles in issue. Other terms of the settlement will remain confidential, according to P&G.
P&G introduced the Herbal Essences packaging with the relaunch of the brand in 2006.