German Gummy Bear in Legal Battle With Competitor

A package with Lindt's "Goldteddy" is displayed in Berlin Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. A German gummy bear is taking on the foil-wrapped Swiss chocolate teddy in a legal showdown.
Associated Press SHARE

BERLIN (AP) — A German gummy bear is taking on a foil-wrapped Swiss chocolate teddy in a legal showdown.

Cologne's regional court decides Tuesday on a complaint brought by Germany's Haribo GmbH against Switzerland's Lindt & Spruengli AG over alleged trademark violations.

[PHOTOS: Christmas Around the World 2012]

Haribo, which invented the ubiquitous gummy bear almost a century ago, claims that Lindt's chocolate bear wrapped in gold foil called "Goldteddy" violates the Bonn-based company's "Goldbaer" trademark.

Haribo argues the two products often end up side-by-side on shelves and that the similar names could confuse consumers.

[READ: German Police Stop Man With Mobile Office in Car]

Lindt says there are enough differences to avoid confusion. It also says the Haribo gummy bears are so well known by German consumers they're not likely to confuse them with anything else.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.