IRVING, Texas, April 28 -- Carrington Laboratories, Inc., (Nasdaq: CARN) today announced that Abundant Health & Wellness, LLC and its proprietors Welsley Delport and Stuart Hoover have signed agreed judgments acknowledging their infringement of the Manapol(R) trademark owned by Carrington, and agreeing to cease and desist any advertisement, product promotion or any other unlawful activity using the mark or any simulation thereof. Carrington filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Abundant Health & Wellness in September of 2003.
Manapol(R) powder, a patented "product by process" produced exclusively by Carrington from natural Aloe vera L., carries the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) claim for immune system enhancement. Carrington uses Manapol(R) powder in the formulation of its AloeCeuticals(R) branded nutraceutical products and also makes it available to other manufacturers. However, for other manufacturers to declare Manapol(R) on the finished product label or in any product advertising, Carrington requires a
signed licensing agreement under which strict labeling and manufacturing requirements must be met by the purchaser.
Dr. Carlton Turner, Carrington's president and CEO, commented, "This judgment is significant. It supports the viability of our Manapol(R) mark and demonstrates that we can successfully pursue legal means to protect our intellectual property. We monitor the internet, trade publications and retail venues to identify misleading or fraudulent uses of our patents and trademarks, and Carrington will pursue additional lawsuits if additional companies are identified in these searches."
Turner continued, "When a consumer buys a Manapol(R) product, we want to ensure the consumer that he or she is getting the quality behind the Carrington name. We license trademarks to only those manufacturers of consumer health products who guarantee a minimum milligrams of Manapol(R) per product dosage, thus ensuring the consumer receives the benefits associated with the Manapol(R) name."
About Manapol(R) Powder
Manapol(R) Powder is a patented "product by process", as defined by the FDA, processed from the fresh gel of Aloe vera L. and is rich in naturally- occurring complex carbohydrates and beta glucans. It carries the DSHEA claim for immune system enhancement and is used in the formulation of Carrington's consumer health products sold under the AloeCeuticals(R) brand name. It is available in tablet, capsule or powder form and in a variety of liquid dietary supplements.
Carrington Laboratories, Inc., is an ISO 9001-certified, research-based biopharmaceutical and consumer products company currently utilizing naturally- occurring complex carbohydrates to manufacture and market products for mucositis, radiation dermatitis, wound and oral care; manufacture and market the nutraceutical raw material Manapol(R) and cosmetic raw material Hydrapol(TM). Carrington also manufactures and markets consumer products under the AloeCeuticals(R) brand and manufactures quality products for other companies. Manufacturing operations comply with cGMP standards. The Company's DelSite Biotechnologies subsidiary is developing its propriety GelSite(TM) technology designed to provide controlled release of peptide and protein-based drugs. Carrington's technology is protected by more than 120 patents in 26 countries. Select products are honored with the internationally coveted CE mark, recognized by more than 20 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://www.carringtonlabs.com .
Certain statements in this release concerning Carrington may be forward- looking. Actual events will be dependent upon a number of factors and risks including, but not limited to: subsequent changes in plans by the Company's management; delays or problems in formulation, manufacturing, distribution, production and/or launch of new finished products; changes in the regulatory process; changes in market trends; and a number of other factors and risks described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities &
Exchange Commission, including the Form 10K filed March 19, 2004.
Carrington, Manapol, AloeCeuticals, Hydrapol, GelSite and Acemannan Hydrogel are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Carrington Laboratories, Inc., in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or service marks contained herein are the properties of their respective owners.