On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Sun Products Corporation (plaintiff) launched a complaint against Procter & Gamble (defendant) for patent infringement in the U.S Court of Utah (case no. 2:12-cv-00892).

Plaintiff is in the business of manufacturing laundry detergents and household cleaning products. Defendant is in the business of manufacturing consumer goods and its products include foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products.

The patent involved in this suit is US8268016 entitled Laundry treatment compositions currently assigned to Sun Products (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database*). The patent was issued on September 18, 2012 and expires on September 09, 2025#.

According to the complaint, the defendant has infringed the plaintiff’s patents through sale of its product Tide Pods.

Plaintiff has previously filed suit against US Nonwovens and the details are as listed below:

Case No.

Patents Involved

Expiry Date^


Date Filed




Oct 28,  2025

Liquid fabric softener

May 26, 2010



May  8,  2021


Jun 5, 2021


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* Patent Assignment Alerts are automated email alerts sent to you when assignments relating to target applications/patents/entities of interest are recorded.

# Expected expiry date

^ Calculated using Patent Term Estimator, a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.

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Tags: Litigation, MaxVal, P&G, Pods, Products, Sun, Tide


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