Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peace-Symbol Pretzels Draw Lawsuit

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peace-Symbol Pretzels Draw Lawsuit

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Neither peace symbols nor pretzels are patented, but just one person has the right to put them together, and that's Pittsburgh area resident Leslie Friend, according to a lawsuit she filed Wednesday.

Ms. Friend, whose age and neighborhood of residence were not available, sued Keystone Pretzels of Lititz and Laurel Hill Foods of Attleboro, Mass. The former makes peace-symbol-shaped pretzels and the latter sells them, according to the complaint.

That's not copacetic with Ms. Friend, because she purchased a patent for the peace-symbol-shaped pretzel. The patent was issued in 2000 to Michael Lamont of Eugene, Ore., according to an exhibit attached to the complaint.

"She acquired this patent with the intent to start a pretzel business," said Downtown attorney Daniel Brean, who along with colleague Russell D. Orkin authored the complaint. "She was in the process of building this pretzel business."

He said he did not know why Ms. Friend was intent on making peace- symbol-shaped pretzels, but said she's "a very nice person" and the symbol makes "a nifty pretzel. …

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