Raw nutraceutical manufacturer Carrington Laboratories, citing cases of unauthorised use of its brand names, announced this week it is to aggressively pursue any infringements on its patents, trademarks and other intellectual property.
Carrington pioneered complex carbohydrate technology from Aloe vera L., and has more than 120 patents issued, allowed or pending in 26 countries that cover composition of matter, process and use.
"We have gone to great lengths to absolutely guarantee that each of our product's or those of other manufacturers licensed to use Carrington materials are formulated with the levels of our proprietary raw materials that have proven effective," said Dr. Carlton Turner, president and chief executive officer.
"We insist that any of our licensees using our raw materials list them among the ingredients and adhere to our rigorous standards. "
Turner said Carrington's enforcement will initially focus on protecting the company's Manapol® trademark and related proprietary technology against unauthorized or fraudulent use. Manapol ®, the company's proprietary raw material product, is a concentration of natural complex carbohydrates and other soluble fibre compounds found in Aloe vera L. leaves and used in nutraceutical products. The ingredient carries a Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) claim for immune system enhancement.