Natural extracts showdown: Arjuna planning patent infringement suits

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In India, Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd is considering patent infringement charges against several United States companies for using turmeric essential oils and turmerones in curcumin formulations—a violation of Arjuna patents.

Arjuna says it is the sole inventor, manufacturer, and patent owner of BCM-95, the bioavailable curcumin standardized for curcuminoids that also contains turmeric essential oil and turmerones. Arjuna, which sells the product in the US market via Dolcas Biotech sales associates, says it had worked on this formulation and delivery system since 2002.

“We will vigorously enforce and properly safeguard our intellectual property rights, which include prohibiting the illegal use of our patented invention,” says Benny Antony, joint managing director of Arjuna and inventor of the formulation. “The decision to take legal action against any company infringing our patent will be seriously considered. We work on many research projects each year that bring significant value addition to our existing product portfolio. We will continue to invest in new technologies that answer the ever-changing needs of our customers striving for various natural health supplements. This also includes our commitment to diligently guard our intellectual property.”