San Diego Based Natural Alternatives International Settles Patent Infringement Dispute

By Joseph Mandour on March 20, 2012

Supplement PatentsSan Diego – Natural Alternatives International, Inc., a formulator, manufacturer, and marketer of customized nutritional supplements, has settled a patent infringement dispute with BPI Sports and Image Sports. The lawsuit was settled with the companies entering into an agreement allowing for Natural Alternatives to provide BPI and Image with its patented CarnoSyn beta-alanine.

The terms of the settlement agreement indicate that BPI and Image will purchase CarnoSyn beta-alanine from Natural Alternatives’ licensed distributor, Compound Solutions, Inc. (CSI) under a separate supply agreement. BPI and Image will also receive a license from Natural Alternatives to use its intellectual property for CarnoSyn beta-alanine. CarnoSyn beta-alanine is an amino acid used for strength training, aerobic and anaerobic endurance, and delays muscle fatigue so the athlete can train harder.

Also negotiated in the terms of the settlement agreement is Natural Alternatives’ dismissal of two patent infringement cases filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against BPI and Image for their alleged infringement of Natural Alternatives’ U.S. Patent No. 8,067,381 entitled “Methods and compositions for increasing the anaerobic working capacity in tissues.” Additionally, BPI and Image have agreed to drop a countersuit they filed against Natural Alternatives.

Natural Alternatives Chief Executive Office and Chairman of the Board, Mark A. LeDoux, stated, “NAI is pleased to amicably resolve its intellectual property dispute with BPI and Image. We look forward to partnering with these prominent brands who choose to respect NAI’s extensive beta-alanine patent rights in return for a long-term business solution to exclusively use NAI’s CarnoSyn beta-alanine in their products. NAI will continue to build its CarnoSyn brand and where necessary, enforce its beta-alanine intellectual property.”

Founded in 1980, Natural Alternatives International is a leading formulator and manufacturer of customized nutritional supplements. The Company’s comprehensive partnership approach to client servicing is unique within the industry combining clinical research, science-based formulation, advanced quality assurance testing methodologies, superior manufacturing and packaging capabilities, and broad marketing experience to create nutritional products that are formulated to address specific health conditions.

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