January 18, 2017 3:45 AM ET

Company Overview of Kellogg North America Company

Company Overview

Kellogg North America Company operates as a subsidiary of Keebler Company.

One Kellogg Square

Battle Creek, MI 49016

United States

Founded in 1997

Key Executives for Kellogg North America Company

Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg Company and President of Kellogg Company
Age: 51
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Kellogg North America Company Key Developments

Illinois Court Rules in Favour of Kellogg in Kraft Foods Patent Dispute

An Illinois federal court has ruled in favor of Kellogg North America in a lawsuit filed by Intercontinental Great Brands, previously Kraft Foods Global Brands, alleging violation of patented design of resealable cookie packaging. Intercontinental Great Brands had alleged that Kellogg and its affiliates infringed on its patent design, while the latter dismissed such charges. It was alleged that Kellogg's resealable container "was designed to 'circumvent the Kraft patent while maintaining similar properties," helps consumers open a package of cookies then attach plastic flap again to maintain freshness. In a lawsuit filed on 16 January, 2013, it was alleged that Kellogg had used packaging technology for its Keebler and Sandies cookies claimed to be too similar to Kraft's 'Snack 'n Seal' technology. The patent was awarded on July 19, 2005. In its argument, Kellogg submitted that the patent stood invalid since the asserted claims were obvious. The standard of obviousness incorporates four considerations - the scope of prior art, differences between the prior art and the claim at issue, the level of ordinary skill and secondary considerations like commercial success, 'long felt but unsolved needs' and the failure of others to create the art at issue. The court also looked into previous incarnations of resealable packages, such as a 2002 patent for a package that prevents meat and cheese from drying out in a refrigerator and a 2001 system for keeping sushi. It came to the conclusion that claims in Kraft's patent are obvious as machinery updates to the prior art, granted Kellogg's motion for summary judgment and nullified the patent.

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