RIGGINS, Idaho, May 28 Glycoproducts International, Inc.,a provider of nutritional supplement products, today announced that a federalcourt jury sitting in the Northern District of Texas returned a mixed verdictrelating to claims that Glycoproducts International, Inc. committed patentinfringement of two of Mannatech, Incorporated's (Nasdaq: MTEX) patentsrelating to Mannatech's AMBROTOSE(R) technology.
The jury ruled in favor of Glycoproducts International, Inc., finding thatthey were innocent of patent infringement of Mannatech's U.S. Patent No.6,929,807, the parent patent upon which the lawsuit against GlycoproductsInternational, Inc. was originally based. However, in regard to Mannatech'scontinuation patent of the parent patent, U.S. Patent No. 7,157,431, which wasissued and first claimed to be infringed by Mannatech after the lawsuit wasfiled, the jury found that Glycoproducts International, Inc. had committedpatent infringement.
The jury ruled in favor of Mannatech on its claims of infringement of theAMBROTOSE(R) trademark. Since Glycoproducts International, Inc. successfullydefended its position against Mannatech's '807' parent patent, it will opposeMannatech's request for an injunction to prohibit Glycoproducts International,Inc. from further production, distribution and sale of its Glycomannan(R)product.
Phil Moulton, president of Glycoproducts International, Inc. said, "Ourproduct is distinctly different from Mannatech's products, and is a source ofat least 10 of the 11 scientifically recognized biologically vital sugars,with minerals, bioflavonoids and other nutrients that naturally occur withinthe whole-food matrix."
"Our products are derived from natural sources and are not diluted withrice fillers," he stated.
The verdict was delivered on Friday, May 9, 2008, in the United StatesDistrict Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, followingtestimony before Federal Magistrate Jeff Kaplan. Glycoproducts International,Inc. (formerly Glycobiotics International, Inc.) was represented by AttorneyWilliam G. Shaw, Jr., of Collins, Basinger & Pullman, P.C.
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