Part 2: Licensing, IP and Alliances (June 2005)

Companies in the News: Omega Biotech Corporation, Global Total Well-Being Co. Ltd., Burke International, Rooibos, Ltd., Novogen Ltd, Calpis Co., Ltd., Unilever, Javalution Coffee Company, Europa Sports Products, Inc., Phytomedics Inc., Kirin, Yakult Honsha, NutraCea, Humanetics Corporation, Novartis AG, East African Botanicals, Diversa Corporation.

[6/30/2005] Omega Signs Exclusive Distributor for South Korea
Canada-based natural products company Omega Biotech Corporation has announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with Seoul, South Korea-based Global Total Well-Being Co. Ltd.
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[6/28/2005] Rooibos Trademark Abandoned
According to a release issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the organization has been notified that Burke International, the owner of the trademark form the name 'rooibos' has notified the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that the company has "voluntarily surrender[ed]" the mark. The notification concludes a process in which AHPA and Rooibos, Ltd., a South African exporter of the herb, petitioned the USPTO to force a cancellation of the trademark.
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[6/27/2005] Novogen Granted Three Health Supplement Patents in Autralia
According to an Asia Pulse article, Australia-based Novogen Ltd (ASX:NRT) has announced that it has been awarded three health supplement patents in Australia running until 2013 and covering tablets containing any two of the four main isoflavones - biochanin, formononetin, daidzein and genistein.
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[6/27/2005] Calpis and Unilever Enter into License and Material Supply Agreement for AmealPeptide(TM)
Japan-based health products company Calpis Co., Ltd. has announced agreements with Netherlands-based Unilever (Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V.) under which it will license its AmealPeptide(TM) ingredient to Unilever, including technologies, patents and trademark, in order for Unilever to introduce a dairy beverage incorporating the product, targeted at controlling blood pressure, in Portugal this July. According to the company, the product will be marketed under Unilever's “Becel” or “Flora” brands.
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[6/17/2005] Javalution Coffee Company Signs National Distribution
US-based functional coffee company Javalution Coffee Company has announced that it has signed an agreement with Europa Sports Products, Inc. for national distribution of its JavaFit(R) functional gourmet coffee.
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[6/16/2005] Phytomedics Inc. Licenses Novel Anti-Inflammatory Compound Intellectual Property from Louisiana State University System
US-based biopharmaceutical company Phytomedics Inc. has announced that it has become the exclusive licensee of U.S. patent #5,905,089, entitled "Use of sesquiterpene lactones for treatment of severe inflammatory disorders."
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[6/15/2005] Kirin Brewery and Yakult Form Health Food Alliance
According to an article on, Japan-based beer company Kirin and dairy company Yakult Honsha, have formed a business alliance to develop health foods and functional foods. According to the article, this expands a collaboration which began in 2003 and allows the companies to begin reciprocal use of manufacturing and distribution functions.
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[6/8/2005] NutraCea Granted Patent on Proprietary Formula for Joint Health
US-based supplement company NutraCea has announced that it has received a new patent, U.S. Patent Number 6,902,739, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office entitled, 'Methods for Treating Joint Inflammation, Pain and Loss of Mobility'.
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[6/7/2005] Humanetics Corporation Receives Registration Mark
US-based Humanetics Corporation has announced that it has received notification from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that Humanetics, The Science of Supplements®, has been registered.
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[6/6/2005] Novartis Partners with East African Botanicals
Switzerland-based Novartis AG has announced a partnership with Kenya-based East African Botanicals to increase agricultural cultivation of Artemisia annua and extraction of artemisinin, a compound used to produce artemether, one of two active ingredients in Novartis' Coartem® anti-malarial therapy.
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[6/3/2005] Clemson and Diversa to Collaborate on the Development of Enzymes to Enhance Human Nutrition
Clemson University and Diversa Corporation (Nasdaq: DVSA) have announced a collaboration to assess opportunities to leverage existing Diversa enzymes that have the potential to enhance human nutrition. According to the release, the parties will initially focus on evaluating the ability of protein supplements to food to improve stamina and alertness and reduce fatigue.
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