Mars Sues Supplement Makers Over Cocoa Patents

Law360, New York (April 19, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT) -- Mars Inc. has accused Naturex SA and two nutritional supplement makers of willfully infringing nine patents related to chemicals found in cocoa extract that may boost coronary health.

The candy company sued the French specialty ingredient manufacturer along with Nutraceutical Corp., Life Extension Foundation Inc. and several related companies in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on April 13.

Mars accuses the companies of infringing its cocoa flavanol and polyphenol patents through Naturex's CocoActiv extract. Avignon-based Naturex makes the allegedly infringing extract...
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