Chatsworth, CA--Renaissance Herbs has filed patent revocation petitions in the Indian court system against the Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation (VMSRF). Petitions were filed in late 2003 on six Indian patents issued to VMSRF in 1997 and 1998 for the production of the calcium and potassium salt of hydroxycitric acid (HCA). The revocation petitions have been referred to the Indian Internal Property Appellate Board for due process.
Vittal Mallya began their own legal actions in January 2003 in India against Renaissance Herbs, Sabinsa, Laila Impex, and five other defendants for patent infringement on the same set of patents. Legal proceedings have continued for the past twelve months. Alex Moffett, president of Renaissance Herbs, stated that the Vittal Mallya patents in question are flawed and should not have been issued. Moffett adds “There is considerable evidence that the art claimed in these patents was known and commercialized well before the patent applications were filed in India and the U.S.”
Renaissance Herbs, Inc. (www.renaissanceherbs.com) is a company dedicated to the research and development of the finest and most innovative botanical health care products available today. The company was founded in 1990 by Alex Moffett and headquartered in Chatsworth, California.