Lonza filed patent and trademark infringement lawsuits

Fair Lawn, October 18, 2002 - Lonza Ltd. and Lonza, Inc., both subsidiaries of Lonza Group Ltd, filed a series of patent infringement lawsuits against Carnitech, Inc. and Barrington Chemical Corp. in the District Court for the Southern District of New York, Stauber Performance Ingredients, Inc. and DNP International Co., Inc. in the District Court for the Central District of California, and against Axel Chemicals, LLC in the District Court for the District of New Jersey.

In its lawsuits, Lonza seeks an injunction and damages against Carnitech, Barrington, Stauber and Axel Chemical for infringing Lonza’s U.S. Patent No. 5,073,376. This patent covers the production of solid oral dosage forms, including tablets, capsules and other preparation forms, of L-carnitine L-tartrate for enteral administration. Lonza also seeks an injunction and damages against DNP International for violation of Lonza’s registered trademark CARNIKING and for violations of several Lonza patents relating to the use of L-carnitine in swine, poultry and racing animals.

Lonza has been a leader in the industry in promoting the nutritional uses of L-carnitine, a nutrient beneficial for weight loss, athletic performance and general cardiovascular health. Lonza has gone to great lengths to develop its patent and trademark portfolio for the nutritional uses of L-carnitine and sees these suits as a significant step in protecting those rights.

Lonza Group is a Life Sciences driven chemical company headquartered in Switzerland, with sales of CHF 2.5 billion in 2001 and operating 21 production and R&D facilities in 9 countries. It employs 6 400 people worldwide and is the leading supplier of active chemical ingredients, intermediates and biotechnology solutions to the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. It also offers a broad catalogue of organic intermediates for a wide range of applications such as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, vitamins, food and feedstuff, dyes and pigments, adhesives and fragrances. Furthermore the Group manufactures specialty biocides and oleochemicals and develops and produces specific polymer intermediates, unsaturated polyester-resins, compounds and composites. For more information please visit the company’s websites at www.lonzagroup.com, www.carnitine.com or contact:

Reto Rieder
Lonza Inc.
17-17 Route 208
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410, USA
Tel 201 794 2649
Fax 201 794 2695
[email protected]

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