P&G loses round in paper-towel pattern case

A federal judge in Columbus today turned down a request from Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co., the creator of Bounty paper towels, which had sought a temporary injunction to stop rival Georgia-Pacific from using a "bowtie" pattern on its Brawny paper towels. Full Story
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Rick

Columbus, OH

#1 Aug 3, 2009
LMAO @ anyone even recognizing a paper towel brand by its design.
ritz carlton

Columbus, OH

#2 Aug 3, 2009
I watch the attorney at the defense table he was fast and in fact, he seemed to be the -quicker picker up guy with his papers and briefs. Well maybe not his briefs.
Innovation

Springboro, OH

#3 Aug 3, 2009
My goodness...our citizens can't come up with a new pattern? you mean to tell me that kids can design patterns on the computers using symbols, and a huge corporation has to steal their competitors?***?
Its Me

Springboro, OH

#4 Aug 3, 2009
Rick wrote:
LMAO @ anyone even recognizing a paper towel brand by its design.
Sparkle is the best out of the three.
CatInTheHat

Reynoldsburg, OH

#5 Aug 3, 2009
"P&G argued that its bowtie design serves to identify its extra-soft towels...".

Would Procter & Gamble be willing to leave the Bounty name off packaging and rely solely on it's bowtie pattern to sell product? I doubt it.

PS to P&G: Just so there's no confusion - I buy what's on sale and don't care if it has a pattern. It's a paper towel! Marketing has sold you a pig in a poke.
pete

Plain City, OH

#6 Aug 3, 2009
I do buy bounty and I didn't even realized about the print or embossing on them. Just make paper towel and quit whining P&G .
awhellnaw

Chillicothe, OH

#7 Aug 3, 2009
Well, this just chaffs my azz....
ritz carlton

Columbus, OH

#8 Aug 3, 2009
All kiddin aside---I don't know what corporation makes em; but how can anyone beat VIVA. Soft. Yes, clothlike soft.(it must be a slow for me to be commenting on paper towels? Thanks Dispatch for the diversion). I won't say who is picking up my pay as I do this, but I bet you can guess?
lon dong

Columbus, OH

#9 Aug 3, 2009
To Ritz----I bet you work for the SW Schools? The city of Columbus? Anybody else want to guess? Am I right?
Its Me

Springboro, OH

#10 Aug 3, 2009
lon dong wrote:
To Ritz----I bet you work for the SW Schools? The city of Columbus? Anybody else want to guess? Am I right?
And I bet you were Fitzwell!
Angelia

Columbus, OH

#11 Aug 3, 2009
and the courts wasted their time on a case such as this...i like to spend my tax payers $$ on things that really makes a difference. most people purchase what's on sale and could give a s--t what they look like
Kara

United States

#12 Aug 3, 2009
The suit should have been dismissed, basically PG is trying to patent the bowtie pattern. Soon enough maybe corporations will be trying to patent baby names and human DNA. Shudder.
EER

Athens, OH

#13 Aug 4, 2009
Let our moms, dads, brothers, sisters die over seas just so we can fight at houme about what's REALLY important! They might not want the care packages if the design isn't right......
Rob

Marion, OH

#14 Aug 4, 2009
All you have to do is read the package! Most of the time you can't see the pattern ubless You turn the package around to the back side
Terri

Columbus, OH

#15 Aug 4, 2009
P&G maybe you should give a donation of paper towels to our soldiers over seas and let them decide if they like the bow tie pattern, or how soft they are. I am sure they could use them to wipe off their dirty faces, while your sitting in air conditioning fighting over something so stupid.
Wyatt Massah

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Aug 4, 2009
P&G argument is vapid. They're saying that Americans are so stupid they only look at the patterns to tell what they are buying and not the big, bold labeling on the package. Is this what comes from spending too much time using graphics based computers? Have grownups really been weaned away from text and accustomed to pictures that badly that they would be confused by patterns on paper towel?

The culture becomes increasingly juvenile....and P&G uses the fact to make a disingenuous and pathetic argument. P&G thinks we're all a bunch of idiouts who cannot read.
WADDAYOUTALKINAA BOUT

Westerville, OH

#17 Aug 4, 2009
Is this for real? Who cares if it's a bow tie or a diamond or a circle within a circle! So, I guess that P&G invented the bowtie shape?
It is so ridiculous that this is what "corporate america" has to waste time and money on. Frivolous law suites-then-guess what-we'll pass the cost of the court proceedings to the public-they won't mind paying $3.00 for a roll of towels!
I guess we, as Americans are too stupid or lazy to just READ!
Environmentalist

Springboro, OH

#18 Aug 4, 2009
Paper towels are hurting our environment. Why not use a dish cloth to wipe your spills? You guys are hurting the planet. They should ban paper-towels and all cancer causing plastics.
John Doe

Covington, GA

#19 Aug 4, 2009
Environmentalist wrote:
Paper towels are hurting our environment. Why not use a dish cloth to wipe your spills? You guys are hurting the planet. They should ban paper-towels and all cancer causing plastics.
Paper towels are wonderful. They are quick and easy to use when you need them. I guess the water and detergents we use to wash dish towels are good for the enviornment. Everything we do has an effect on the enviornment. Please leave me, my SUV, bottled water (love the plastic bottles), and my paper towels alone. Go hug a tree.
Environmentalist

Springboro, OH

#20 Aug 4, 2009
John Doe wrote:
<quoted text> Paper towels are wonderful. They are quick and easy to use when you need them. I guess the water and detergents we use to wash dish towels are good for the enviornment. Everything we do has an effect on the enviornment. Please leave me, my SUV, bottled water (love the plastic bottles), and my paper towels alone. Go hug a tree.
So you are choosing cancer over your health?

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