Nos. 2006-1569, 2006-1606.

487 F.3d 1368 (2007)

GENERAL MILLS, INC., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL, INC., Defendant-Cross Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

May 16, 2007.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Ronald J. Schutz, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., of Minneapolis, MN, argued for plaintiff-appellant. With him on the brief was, David P. Swenson, Sang Young A. Brodie, and David B. Zucco.

Holly A. Harrison, Sidley Austin LLP, of Chicago, IL, argued for defendant cross-appellant. With her on the brief was Julie K. Potter. Of counsel on the brief was Tara C. Norgard, Carlson Caspers Vandenburg & Lindquist P.A., of Minneapolis, MN.

Before BRYSON, Circuit Judge, CLEVENGER, Senior Circuit Judge, and LINN, Circuit Judge.

LINN, Circuit Judge.

General Mills, Inc. ("General Mills") appeals from a final judgment by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota dismissing its claim for patent infringement against Kraft Foods Global, Inc. ("Kraft"), on the ground that the claim is barred by a covenant not to sue that General Mills granted to Kraft's predecessor in interest, the Farley Candy Company ("Farley"). Kraft cross-appeals, challenging

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