DUNKIRK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 30, 2011) - Cott Corporation (NYSE: COT) (TSX: BCB), the world's largest private label beverage company, today announced that it has filed a civil suit seeking declaratory judgment that four patents owned by JLB, Inc. and licensed to Decas Botanical Synergies, LLC are invalid, unenforceable and are not infringed by Cott and its affiliates. The suit was filed on June 29, 2011 in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Buffalo division. The suit relates to U.S. Patent Nos. 5,474,774; 5,525,341; 5,646,178; and 5,650,432.
Douglas Lynch, VP Business Development for Cott Corporation's Star PhytoNutrients division, commented, "We are confident that we do not infringe any of these patents and do not believe that these patents licensed to Decas are valid. We are committed to defending our company's products against adverse claims which are without merit, wherever and whenever made."
Lynch continued, "We have a strong reputation in the industry for respecting legitimate intellectual property rights of others. Our recent licensing of Rutgers' patents, regarding the antibacterial mechanism of cranberries, as well as our in-licensing of patents from ChromaDex to co-develop proprietary ingredients, underscores our commitment to deliver the best in class products, which are backed up by legitimate, validated science."
About Star PhytoNutrients
The Star PhytoNutrients division of Cott Beverages Inc., a subsidiary of Cott Corporation, develops and markets value-added botanical, fruit, antioxidant and highly functional ingredients, specializing in juice concentrates, fruit powders, and fruit extracts for use in food, beverages, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals. With a full line of ingredients derived from cranberries, the number one botanical ingredient in North America, Star PhytoNutrients has developed proprietary technologies for enhanced product functionality. For more information, please contact Douglas Lynch or Richard Star at 716-366-6100 or visit at www.cott.com.