Canadian Packaging

Frito-Lay resolves patent suit with Innovia Films

Who owns the rights to bio-based multi-layer films? How about a collaboration.


September 28, 2012
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Frito-Lay North America Inc., a subsidiary of PepsiCo and Innovia Films Ltd. have resolved their legal issue over the patent rights for bio-based multi-layer films, including the NatureFlex range of biodegradable cellulose-based films.

Both companies collaborated to achieve a mutually agreeable outcome, ensuring a strong patent position for Frito-Lay and the ability for Innovia Films to practice under the patents including the use or resale of Innovia’s products by their global customers for bio-based multi-layer films.

Innovia Films chief executive officer David Beeby says: “We are very pleased that we have been able to resolve this issue in an open and constructive manner.  It also means that Innovia is able to accelerate our product development and supply of NatureFlex renewable and compostable films for bio-based multi-layer applications.”