Curcumin C3 Complex defended
Sabinsa Corporation successfully concluded its Patent Infringement lawsuit against Prakruti Products Private Limited. A proposed Final Consent Judgment, agreed by the parties, was submitted to the United States District Court in New Jersey on February 18, 2015.
The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court, New Jersey on July 30, 2014, alleged Prakruti was selling products that infringed upon Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex US Patent 5,861,415, which protects compositions, methods of use, and methods of extraction of a nutritional supplement in the US.
In addition to any undisclosed monetary settlement, Prakruti has agreed to discontinue any and all future sales of Curcumin to outside distribution. The proposed Final Consent Judgment stipulates that the ’415 Patent was valid, enforceable, and properly issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Sabinsa has patents related to Curcumin both in the United States and Europe. In the United States, Sabinsa continues to litigate the willful infringement of the ’415 patent by HerbaKraft, Inc., NutriBioLink LLC, and Olive Lifesciences Private Limited. In Germany, Sabinsa continues to litigate a European Curcumin patent infringed by Olive Lifesciences.
Sabinsa Founder Dr. Muhammed Majeed, said:
“This settlement sends a clear message to all suppliers on foreign soil that Sabinsa is very serious about defending its’ patents. This win clearly shows that sitting in India while violating our Curcumin patent, does not mean you can escape IP theft consequences. We also see this as a win for our customers and their consumers alike, because the Curcumin C3 Complex brand has been defended and protected."
Because of Sabinsa’s patent other companies can certainly sell a variety of Curcumin products, however they may not sell copy cat versions of Sabinsa’s unique composition ratio, nor market it for its antioxidant use, nor use the Ethyl Acetate extraction method developed by Sabinsa and outlined in Sabinsa’s patent.