Simplot files federal lawsuit against McCain Foods over twisted potato design

These photos are included in Simplot’s complaint of patent infringement against McCain Foods.Idaho potato giant J.R. Simplot Co. has its taters in a twist and has filed a federal lawsuit against McCain Foods, claiming the company copied its idea for a twisty french fry it calls the Sidewinder, the Times-News reports. Simplot wants the court to award three times actual damages, with the amount to be proven at trial, to compensate for “willful” patent infringement plus interest. It also wants a permanent injunction to keep Illinois-based McCain from further infringement. “McCain’s conduct has caused and will cause great and irreparable harm to Simplot in an amount which cannot be adequately remedied by money damages, leaving Simplot with no adequate remedy at law,” Simplot attorneys wrote in the complaint. More