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Fish & Richardson Wins ITC Ruling in Patent Case for JK Sucralose, Inc.

Author:JK Sucralose Inc.    Update Time:2008-12-08

JK Sucralose found not to infringe Tate & Lyle's patents relating to artificial sweetener
Washington, D.C., October 6, 2008 - Fish & Richardson P.C. has won an International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling for JK Sucralose, Inc., one of the largest sucralose manufacturers, in a patent infringement case brought by British sugar company Tate & Lyle PLC. On September 22, 2008, the ITC issued an initial determination finding that JK Sucralose does not infringe any of the patents asserted by Tate & Lyle.
Tate & Lyle PLC, which markets sucralose sweetener under the name Splenda®, initially filed a complaint with the ITC against three Chinese manufacturers of sucralose and 18 companies that imported sucralose or distributed it the U.S. JK Sucralose successfully intervened in the ITC investigation on August 15, 2007 with the goal of defending its own sucralose manufacturing process and product.
"JK Sucralose proactively sought to intervene in this case. Our client was confident that its manufacturing process did not infringe any of the asserted patents and wanted to protect its customers in the U.S. Their whole business was at stake," said Craig Smith, a principal in Fish & Richardson's Boston office who handled the case. "Many companies that purchase sucralose as an ingredient have been waiting to see the outcome of this ITC investigation. The ITC's initial determination is not only a victory for JK Sucralose, but for all of the companies that will benefit from more competition in the sweetener market."
About JK Sucralose
JK Sucralose Inc. is one of the largest sucralose manufacturers in the world and markets its sucralose under the JK Sweet™ brand. The company is based in Beijing, China and has offices in Edison, NJ. JK Sucralose's manufacturing facilities are HACCP and ISO 900 certified and operate according to cGMP regulations. JK Sucralose has ample capacity to support the needs of the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries around the world.
About Fish & Richardson
Founded in 1878, Fish & Richardson is one of the largest law firms in the U.S. practicing exclusively in the areas of intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law. The firm has 500 attorneys in eleven offices in the United States and one office in Germany. Fish & Richardson has long represented great innovators and entrepreneurs, including pioneering inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and the Wright Brothers. Fish & Richardson handles more patent litigation in federal district courts (IP Law & Business July 2008) and the International Trade Commission (IP Law & Business June 2008) than any other firm in the U.S. The firm was named to the "Appellate Hot List," honoring firms that are leaders in appellate advocacy nationally (National Law Journal, April 7, 2008). Fish & Richardson also ranks among the top U.S. firms in patents and trademarks obtained.