OU Sues Major Food Manufacturer B&D Over Use of Trademark Kosher Stamp

Israeli representative of Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations in America claims B&D used its trademark without paying licensing fees; seeks $56,000 in damages.

Aimee Amiga
Aimee Amiga
Aimee Amiga
Aimee Amiga

The company OU Kosher has filed a lawsuit against food manufacturer Better & Different for trademark infringement, according to a report by Jewish Business News.

In the suit, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations in America's representative in Israel claims Better & Different used its trademark labeling of kosher food without paying licensing fees in 2012, the report said.

Better & Different claimed in March that it has not used the union's trademark – the letter O encircling the letter U – for two years, but recent examinations countrywide have shown products made in 2012 and 2013 still bore the symbol, according to Jewish Business News.

The union has asked the court to prohibit Better & Different from continuing to present or market its products with the OU Kosher trademark, to destroy packaging that bears the trademark and to recall products with the trademark from stores to which they were distributed, Jewish Business News reported. Furthermore, the union is reportedly seeking monetary damages amounting to NIS 200,000 ($56,000).

A screengrab of OU Kosher's website, July 15, 2013.

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