As I’ve spoken about many times on this website, there have been a number of growing concerns regarding the rise of non practicing entities (NPE’s) attacking numerous supplement companies which has caused the drastic increase in the nutritional products that you buy and causing a massive decrease in sales for companies such as mine. Well the courts have finally had enough of these folks and is sending them off with nothing to show for it except a ton of legal fees.
These are the following patents that were invalidated:
5,874,471: “Orthomolecular medical use of L-citrulline for vasoprotection, relaxative smooth muscle tone and cell protection” by Waugh.. Includes 30 claims (1 indep.). Was application 08/961,639. Filed 10/30/1997 & Granted 2/23/1999.
6,028,107: “Orthomolecular medical use of L-citrulline for vasoprotection, relaxative smooth muscle tone and cell protection” by Waugh.. Includes 19 claims (1 indep.). Was application 08/807,757. Filed 2/27/1997 & Granted 2/22/2000.
So for every company hiding under the bed, you’re free to come out and get back to work. Hopefully all of the companies who were forced to pay The Tawnsaura Group will recoup their losses from this debacle but we’ll just have to wait and see.