dsm-firmenich successfully defends patent directed to proprietary DHA oils

Published: 30-Jan-2024

This defends their sole manufacturing rights for specific algal nutritional lipids high in DHA and omega-3

dsm-firmenich, a solutions-oriented company specialising in health, nutrition and beauty, has successfully defended a patent from an invalidation action recently levied by Mara Renewables Corporation.

The USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) rejected Mara Renewables’ request for inter partes review (IPR) and cancellation of U.S. Patent No. 10,392,578. This patent protects certain dsm-firmenich innovations in providing nutritional lipids rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) omega-3 derived from an algal source.

The PTAB concluded that there was no reasonable likelihood that petitioner Mara Renewables would successfully invalidate the challenged patent.

This decision reinforces the strength and validity of dsm-firmenich’s patent in the United States, building upon recent favourable decisions and opinions by the European Patent Office on related patents claiming similar technology in Europe.

"Although we were confident from the outset, we are nonetheless pleased with the PTAB's decision to uphold our patent," said James Young, Vice President of Early Life Nutrition at dsm-firmenich.  “This outcome validates our significant investments in and commitment to innovation.”

The PTAB's refusal to review the validity of the patent allows dsm-firmenich to maintain its exclusive rights in the U.S. to certain microbial lipid compositions having, inter alia, DHA triglyceride fractions of 40 wt.% and higher.

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