SOURCE: OurPet's

January 23, 2008 08:00 ET

OurPet's Responds to Patent Infringement Lawsuit Filed by Applica

FAIRPORT HARBOR, OH--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) - OurPet's Company (OTCBB: OPCO), a growing designer, developer, producer, and marketer of accessory and consumable pet products (www.ourpets.com), reported a lawsuit has been filed against OurPet's by Applica Consumer Products, Inc. ("Applica"). The lawsuit alleges that OurPet's infringed on one or more of Applica's patents covering their automated self-cleaning litter box, which OurPet's believes is unmerited.

Dr. Steven Tsengas, PhD, President and CEO, stated, "We are disappointed that Applica has chosen to file a lawsuit against OurPet's, as related to our SmartScoop™ Self-Scooping Cat Litter Box (www.smartscoop.com), which we successfully launched last year. Our SmartScoop® product has years of research and development behind it, in addition to numerous patents (pending) that were developed for it. We do not feel that our SmartScoop® product is infringing the Applica patents and have obtained an independent opinion letter from Fay Sharpe, L.L.P., a well respected intellectual property law firm, who supports our position. While we hope this matter will be resolved soon, we are preparing to defend our product and pending patents diligently."

About OurPet's Company:

OurPet's designs, produces and markets a broad line of innovative, high-quality accessory and consumable pet products in the U.S. and overseas. The SmartScoop® product line offers the most complete solution to cat waste and odor control and includes the SmartScoop© Self-Scooping Litter Box (patent pending), activated carbon filters, no-touch waste bags, litter box ramps (patent pending), no-stick litter box sprays (patent pending), odor control litter box sprays and Scoop-N-Sift (patented). Investors and customers may visit www.ourpets.com for more information about the Company and its products.

Certain of the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: business conditions and growth in the industry; general economic conditions; addition or loss of significant customers; the loss of key personnel; product development; competition; risks of doing business abroad; foreign government regulations; fluctuations in foreign rates; rising costs for raw materials and the unavailability of sources of supply; the timing of orders booked; and the other risks that are described from time to time in OurPet's SEC reports.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    OurPet's Company
    Dr. Steven Tsengas
    (440) 354-6500 (Ext. 111)

    or

    INVESTOR RELATIONS:
    SM Berger & Company, Inc.
    Andrew Berger
    (216) 464-6400