Topps Alleges “Squeezy Squirt Pop” Infringes Patent
The Topps Co. has filed a patent and trade-dress infringement lawsuit
against Koko’s Confectionery & Novelty Inc. alleging that Koko’s Squeezy
Squirt Pop copies some features of the Juicy Drop lollipop. Topps Co. v.
Koko’s Confectionery & Novelty Inc., No. 16-0595 (S.D.N.Y., filed July
26, 2016). The complaint targets Squeezy Squirt Pop’s logo, font, bright
and vivid colors set against a black background, flavor names and the
appearance of the word “pop” as infringing trade dress.
In addition, Topps asserts ownership of a patent on “a combination
lollipop candy and flavored liquid dispenser”; a Squeezy Squirt Pop
“combines a lollipop with a flavored liquid in a squeeze dispenser that
is then squirted into a trough-shaped cavity in the lollipop itself so that
it can then be licked off.” For alleged patent infringement, trade dress
infringement and a violation of the Lanham Act, Topps seeks an injunction,
an order recalling the product from distributors, an accounting,
treble damages and attorney’s fees.