SOURCE: Professional Inventors Alliance

March 05, 2007 13:53 ET

Professional Inventors Alliance Announces: Here It Is, Again -- David and Goliath

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- The following is brought to you by the Professional Inventors Alliance. For almost 100 years, hypochlorite (aka chlorine) bleach has been eating holes into cotton underwear.

At last! The Clorox Company, pace setter of the bleach industry, has hypochlorite bleach that is gentle on cotton. And, it really works -- called Clorox® UltimateCare™ Premium Bleach. Clorox launched its new product in May 2006, promoted as the "first hypochlorite bleach gentle enough to pour directly on whites… safe to use on all bleachable fabrics."

But, wait! Three years earlier an independent inventor in Germantown, Maryland introduced a hypochlorite bleach, GLEE® Bleach, saying the same things about his product. Lawnie Taylor, a noted African American scientist, working in his laundry room laboratory, discovered a way to modify hypochlorite bleach such that it could be used without damaging cotton. He calls his discovery the cotton-gentle hypochlorite bleach technology for which he was awarded three patents with additional patents pending. In 2003, he advertised his product as the World's ONLY ultra chlorine bleach that is gentle on cotton, polyester and elastics. That same year, Taylor successfully demonstrated his bleach at the World Headquarters of Cotton, Incorporated in North Carolina. A July 16, 2004 article in the Montgomery County (Maryland) Gazette Newspaper carried his story. Taylor's discovery is the first major development of hypochlorite bleach in almost 100 years and one which promises to change the bleach industry, significantly.

So, the inventive work of Lawnie Taylor considerably predates Clorox's launching of its new gentle hypochlorite bleach. Clorox did not contact Taylor regarding its intentions pertaining to its new product. Several attempts initiated by Taylor's attorney, Raymond Van Dyke, Partner, law firm of Nixon-Peabody LLC in Washington, DC, were unable to get Clorox to the table to discuss a friendly collaborative effort leading to a licensing arrangement covering The Clorox Company's use of Taylor's technology. Clorox also declined to acknowledge the efficacy of Taylor's invention and the intellectual property contained in his patent disclosures.

The Professional Inventors Alliance USA was created more than a decade ago to protect American invention and encourage innovation. Inventors saw a need to track congressional legislation and federal policy that impacts independent inventors. The Alliance is the premiere organization in the nation, providing professional inventors a united voice to improve public policy.

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