Natural Alternatives International, Inc. Sues Woodbolt, GNC and
Bodybuilding.com for Patent Infringement
SAN MARCOS, Calif., June 17, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Calif., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Alternatives
International, Inc. (NAI) (NASDAQ: NAII), a leading formulator, manufacturer
and marketer of customized nutritional supplements, announced today that it
has sued Woodbolt Distribution, LLC, also known as Cellucor (Woodbolt), GNC
Corporation (GNC), and Bodybuilding.com, LLC (Bodybuilding.com) for patent
infringement. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, Texas,
alleges that Woodbolt's newly-introduced Neon Sport™ Volt™ product infringes
two patents that are part of NAI's worldwide portfolio covering CarnoSyn®
beta-alanine. NAI also asked the Court to preliminarily enjoin sales of Volt.
NAI's complaint is based on two patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,067,381 ("the '381
patent") and 8,129,422 ("the '422 patent"), both entitled "Methods and
compositions for increasing the anaerobic working capacity in tissues. "The
complaint alleges that Woodbolt is marking the Neon Sport™ Volt™ product as
"[a]n in your face, high energy pre-workout with unmatched doses of
beta-alanine" and other ingredients, and that "Volt's signature ingredient is
surely beta-alanine, and at max dose, Volt™ delivers, in many cases, more than
2x the amount of max dosed competing products."
Mark A. LeDoux, NAI's CEO and Chairman of the Board, said that "NAI's suit
alleges that Woodbolt decided to launch a blatantly infringing beta-alanine
product, Volt™, as a pre-workout supplement containing high amounts of
beta-alanine. The suit also alleges infringement by GNC and BodyBuilding.com
for marketing and distributing the infringing product. The defendants are
well aware of NAI's '381 and '422 patents." He went on to say that "NAI will
continue to take steps to protect and defend its valuable intellectual
NAI previously sued Woodbolt in the Southern District of Texas for
infringement of the '381 and '422 patents on other Woodbolt products – C4
Extreme, M5 Extreme, N0 Extreme, BCAA and Cre. That case is pending.
NAI is represented in the case by the Patton Boggs LLP and Bracewell &
Guiliani law firms.
NAI, headquartered in San Marcos, California, is a leading formulator,
manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplements and provides strategic
partnering services to its customers. NAI's comprehensive partnership approach
offers a wide range of innovative nutritional products and services to NAI's
clients including: scientific research, clinical studies, proprietary
ingredients, customer-specific nutritional product formulation, product
testing and evaluation, marketing management and support, packaging and
delivery system design, regulatory review and international product
registration assistance. For more information about NAI, please see its
website at http://www.nai-online.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
applicable securities laws that are not historical facts and information.
These statements represent our intentions, expectations and beliefs concerning
future events, including, among other things, our expectations and beliefs
with respect to our future financial and operating results, the outcome of
pending litigation, the continued validity of our patents, and our ability to
successfully develop, license and enforce our intellectual property rights. We
wish to caution readers these statements involve risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual results and outcomes for future periods to differ
materially from any forward-looking statement or views expressed herein. NAI's
financial performance and the forward-looking statements contained herein are
further qualified by other risks including those set forth from time to time
in the documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on
CONTACT – Kenneth Wolf, Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer, Natural
Alternatives International, Inc., at 760-736-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web site: http://www.nai-online.com
SOURCE Natural Alternatives International, Inc.
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