DES MOINES, Iowa, Sep 24, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Kemin Industries today issued the following statement regarding a jury decision upholding the company's patents for the chemical composition and production process of the nutritional ingredient lutein:
"We are very pleased that the jury has rendered a favorable verdict finding Kemin's core lutein patents valid. We are also pleased the jury found that PIVEG infringed U.S. patent number 5,648,564. The jury awarded monetary damages to Kemin. We will continue to vigorously defend our U.S. and international lutein patents."
The jury rendered its verdict in the trial of Kemin v. Pigmentos Vegetales del Centro S. A. de C. V. (PIVEG) held Sept. 13 - 24, 2004, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa in Des Moines.
Kemin Industries, Inc. is a privately-owned nutritional ingredient manufacturer headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa (USA). Ingredient experts in animal feed, human dietary supplements and food products and pet foods, Kemin Industries develops customer-specific nutritional solutions.
Serving a customer base that impacts 80 percent of the global food production capability, the Kemin family of companies strives to touch the lives of half the people in the world everyday through its products and services. With nearly 800 employees worldwide, the organization operates in over 80 countries, with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.
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