SOURCE: Fish & Richardson

June 23, 2009 13:39 ET

Fish & Richardson Receives Accolades in China for ITC Win in JK Sucralose Patent Case

BEIJING--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - Fish & Richardson received accolades at a global press conference in Beijing for its International Trade Commission (ITC) win on behalf of JK Sucralose, Inc. The press conference was organized by JK Sucralose, Inc. -- and featured a speech by Dr. Gu Quiangsheng, Mayor of Sheyang Country, Jiangsu Province -- to celebrate the ITC's ruling on April 7, 2009 that JK Sucralose does not infringe U.S. Patent Number 4,980,463 asserted by British sugar company Tate & Lyle PLC.

Tate & Lyle PLC, which markets sucralose sweetener under the name Splenda®, initially filed a complaint with the ITC against three Chinese manufacturers of sucralose and 18 companies that imported sucralose or distributed it in the U.S. JK Sucralose successfully intervened in the ITC investigation on August 15, 2007 to defend its own sucralose manufacturing process and product. JK Sucralose's ITC win marks the first time that a Chinese company has intervened in and won a U.S. ITC 337 investigation.

"This was a complete victory for JK Sucralose. We persuaded the ITC that JK Sucralose's manufacturing process did not infringe the asserted patent and that the patent was invalid," said Craig Smith, a principal at Fish & Richardson.

JK Sucralose Inc. is one of the largest sucralose manufacturers in the world and markets its sucralose under the JK Sweet™ brand. The company is based in Beijing, China and has offices in Edison, NJ.

Fish & Richardson is a leading global law firm unlike any other law firm in the world. With over 400 lawyers practicing intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law, Fish has redefined IP law for a market that values IP as a fundamental business asset. The firm offers unique expertise to help clients maximize the value of their intangible assets. Fish was recently named one of the leading IP law firms in the U.S. by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine, with top rankings in eleven categories, including Patent Prosecution, Patent Litigation, Life Sciences, and the International Trade Commission (ITC) (MIP, February 2009). Fish handles more patent litigation than any other law firm both in the federal district courts (IP Law & Business, July 2008) and at the ITC (IP Law & Business, June 2008).

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