Rochester, NY based grocer Wegmans Food Markets has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by Illinois based drugstore Walgreens that challenged the grocers use of logos that Walgreens said infringed on its trademarks.
Under terms of the settlement, Wegmans agreed to discontinue using the “circle W” symbol on its Wegmans Private Brand packaging by June 30, 2012. Wegmans retained the right to use the name “Wegmans” in script.
Wegmans did not admit liability as part of the settlement.
“The cost of making relatively minor changes to a limited number of products was much less than the cost of litigating this case to the end,” Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, said today. “We wanted to return to a logo we had used many decades ago. There was never any intent on our part to make our products or logos resemble those of Walgreens.”
Walgreens had filed the lawsuit in November. The settlement was reached last month but wasn’t announced until today.