Cho­co­late maker, candy gi­ant set­tle trade­mark case

Houston Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

MADISON, Wis. — Court doc­u­ments show a Wis­con­sin cho­co­late maker and the candy gi­ant Mars have re­solved a trade­mark dis­pute.

Mars sued Sy­ovata Edari in fed­eral court in Vir­ginia claim­ing her Madison cho­co­late com­pany, Co­coVaa Choco­latier, in­fringed on Mars’ Co­coaVia brand of nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments. The case was thrown out by a judge in June be­cause Edari doesn’t sell any prod­ucts in Vir­ginia.

Edari sued Mars in fed­eral court in July af­ter learn­ing that Mars was poised to sue again, this time in Wis­con­sin.

The Wis­con­sin State Jour­nal re­ports that a one­sen­tence court fil­ing this week said the two sides had re­solved their dif­fer­ences. Edari says her com­pany will con­tinue to use the Co­coVaa name. But, nei­ther party wanted to talk about de­tails of the set­tle­ment.

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