Pampers v. Huggies. The intellectual property war over diaper patents that decided the success of the brands as we know them today. Accusations were thrown and lawsuits filed.

“Every single diaper patent was fair game litigation. Up first, in 1985, were elastic waistbands. Procter & Gamble claimed they’d invented them first. The case went before a jury.”

Life of the Law is a non-profit project of the Tides Center. Supported by grants from the Law and Society Association, the Open Society Foundations, the Proteus Fund, the Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Read more here to learn some history about patents and how this war ended.

The Diaper Wars by Audrey Quinn on Life of the Law.

Editor: Casey Miner

Producer: Zach Hirsch


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