Nestle Sues Company That Came Up A Product 15 Years Before Nestle Patented It...

from the ain't-the-patent-system-great? dept

Today's story of patent insanity comes to us courtesy of Wysong, a small natural pet foods company that came up with a method to put probiotics in foods in the early 80s. The company used the technique to sell pet food biscuits that supposedly have certain health benefits. As its products became more popular, the company saw copycats come into the market, but figured it helped everyone (including the pets), and there was nothing wrong with that. Then... fifteen years later, Nestle, the owner of Purina, happened to patent the very same process and, a few years later, sued Wysong, demanding royalties all the way back to when it got its patent. Wysong's owners responded, pointing out that their product had been on the market since long before Nestle's patent... to which Nestle responded with a threat to sue Wysong in federal court. Knowing Wysong probably didn't have the millions of dollars it would take to fight a patent lawsuit, Nestle tried to pressure them to just give in and settle right away. The company is fighting back (and has been able to stop Nestle from getting an identical patent in Europe thanks to its prior art), but it's a costly battle.

The patent system defenders who are always quick to comment on this site like to talk about how they're really defenders of "small inventors" against evil "big businesses" who are trying to steal their work. I'm curious what they think about this case, where the exact opposite is happening?


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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 6:08pm

    Nestles SUCKS

    Whbat a bunch of turds

    btw, their chocolate is not very good either

     

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      some old guy, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 6:13pm

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      ya, all American chocolate sucks. It's sad really.

       

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        CmdrOberon, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 6:45pm

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        > ya, all American chocolate sucks. It's sad really.

        Nestle is not an American company. I believe it is Dutch,
        maybe. But, definitely not American.

        Perhaps you mean Hershey's?

         

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          Nathan, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 7:09pm

          Swiss

          Nestle is a Swiss conglomerate with subsidiaries all over the world

           

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          some old guy, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 7:20pm

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          No, I meant the chocolate that nestle makes for distribution in the usa. I'm pretty sure its not the same as in the other countries it operates in, due to each region having their own "legally mandated definition of chocolate".

          Hershey's chocolate also sucks.

           

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            DS, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 7:02am

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            Na, it's just a matter of they'll sell the cheapest crap they can get away with. As Americans have traditionally liked that milky crap that some people call choclate, that's what they sell here. Lindt FTW!

            And most of Hershey's chocolate isn't chocolate anymore. It's "Made with Chocolate" which is on the level of a cheese food product.

             

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              Allen Hark, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 12:42pm

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              Well I am one US citizen that doesn't eat the milky crap chocolate. I love dark, dark, dark like Toblerone and other European brands. Milk Chocolate is a joke and leaves me quite unsatisfied. ;-)

               

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          Dave, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 11:02am

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          Nestle is owned by Novartis, the happiest pharmaceutical company in the world.

           

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            Eponymous Coward, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 10:19am

            Novartis

            "Nestle is owned by Novartis, the happiest pharmaceutical company in the world."

            No it's not. Each has purchased business units from the other, but they're independent Swiss conglomerates.

             

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        g guy, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 9:33am

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        This has nothing to do with chocolate. Yes, they make chocolate but they are the company that owns Purina. Purina makes dog food. Thats what this is about

         

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      femmebot, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 12:29pm

      >> btw, their chocolate is not very good either

      They make chocolate?

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 10:02am

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        Sure they make chocolate*.

        *Chocolate in this context is not meant to refer to any products made from actual cocoa or derivatives thereof.

         

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    Gabriel, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 7:21pm

    It's got to be obvious to anyone paying attention to this kind of stuff, that the rampant patent abuses going on today are a SIGNIFICANT drag on our economy.

    Rather than spending millions of dollars fighting to either enforce silly patents, or defend themselves against silly patent suits, here's a funny idea: let's let companies fight these things out in the marketplace. You know, that place where capitalism determines who wins, and consumers benefit. As opposed to the courtroom, where judges (and occasionally the laws) determine who wins, and only lawyers benefit.

     

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      Pants, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 7:04am

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      Gabriel -> "Rather than spending millions of dollars fighting to either enforce silly patents, or defend themselves against silly patent suits, here's a funny idea: let's let companies fight these things out in the marketplace."

      Or - let the CEO/Pres/Owner of each company duke it out in an arena not unlike WWF. It would be the new smash hit reality show that everyone would talk about at the watercooler. The contestants could score extra points for wild and outlandish costumes which would then be donated for use in the next Hollywood movie about big corp boardroom battles.

       

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      BearGriz72 (profile), Mar 7th, 2009 @ 4:52pm

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      "Rather than spending millions of dollars fighting to either enforce silly patents, or defend themselves against silly patent suits, here's a funny idea: let's let companies fight these things out in the marketplace. You know, that place where capitalism determines who wins, and consumers benefit. As opposed to the courtroom, where judges (and occasionally the laws) determine who wins, and only lawyers benefit."

      If only it were True....

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      "He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination--and taxes."
      H. E. Martz

       

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      Curious, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 8:47am

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      That sounds good, until one company invests millions to develop a product and everyone else copies it. If you wrote a book, would you want everyone making photocopies and selling them?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 7:21pm

    When did techdirt become nothing more than a patent lawsuit site? Why not report on real innovation?

     

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      Weird Harold, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 7:43pm

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      It became a patent and copyright beating site I think when Mike got solidly on the "FREE!" bandwagon. That whole notion requires that most rights granted to authors, creators, developers, and trademark holders gets tossed out the window.

      Nestle does appear to be overstepping. Patent law isn't the only place where the significant costs of fighting a lawsuit often lead to bullying by big companies or rich individuals. I think your ax to grind Mike is more with a legal system that no longer gives justice to the poor.

      For the millions upon millions of patents out there, there are a few cases of abuse in this manner, and millions of other stories you never report about companies making a better mousetrap, patenting it, and making a good living off of licensing that patent out to other companies, or building and selling the product itself. If you did that,you would see that the patent "abuses" you are so up in arms about are a very small part of the patent process, not the main part.

      Oh yeah, Mike, how long does a patent apply in the US? You might want to go check.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 7:57pm

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        Not that Mr Troll, here, ever really has a clue what he's talking about. He always comes off as less than knowledgeable, just argumentative. Makes you wonder who he's shilling for.

         

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        Matt, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 8:30pm

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        Just because people don't understand the promotional value of free, doesn't mean rights are lost. However, it doesn't mean rights should have been assigned in the first place.

        Patent law is a problem and the whole "no longer gives justice to the poor" is a strawman. Legal pressure is a general issue and patent law is merely the result. There are bigger fish to try.

        Dont' assume that there are lots of cases of successes either, Harold. There aren't. Lots of companies have issues trying to innovate because you can patent any theoretical improvement of the existing product, preventing people from even improving it mostly. Improvement patents are quite limited.

         

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        Weird Harold, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 10:27am

        Oh and I forgot to mention....

        I forgot to mention that I masturbate. A LOT!

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 2:35pm

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        Thank you Weird Harold, for finally admitting there are problems within the patent system.

        I'm glad you no longer see lawsuits from big companies against small companies or individuals as the correct enforcement of patent law.

        Could you go one step further and wonder why Nestle was granted a patent on a process someone else invented?

         

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        Chuck Money, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 10:46pm

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        I'll save Mike the trouble. The answer is a basic patent obtainable for $100 from the USPTO is good for 14 years, with exceptions for the fashion and pharmaceutical industries. For medicine it's 7 years. For fashion items I believe it's 2 however I am not certain on those.

        So, in 14 years we have gone from Pentium 1 to Core 2 Extreme. One processor now can do what an entire cluster of thousands couldn't 14 years ago. But the patent on those old processors, which have no market value and are vastly outdated, are still in effect.

        Also, I should mention one more thing. For an additional $10 per year for each additional year up to 74 years you can extend a patent with the USPTO. So the Pentium 1 will be patented by the time most of our grand kids buy their first computer. I doubt even large OEMs will be able to order Pentium 1's as replacement parts by then. They'll probably be antiques in museums. But they'll still be patented.

        Any more questions?

         

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        BTR1701, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 6:23am

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        > I think your ax to grind Mike is more with
        > a legal system that no longer gives justice
        > to the poor.

        No, I think the ax being ground here is a patent system that allows a company like Nestle to patent something that was clearly invented long before by someone else and has been on the open market for years.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 7:04am

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          Really? Where is there evidence that the "something" claimed by Nestle was invented by someone else years before? Wysong's claim is hardly evidence that they "clearly invented" the process. If there was clear evidence, there would be no debate. Instead, Wysong has taken their use of the word "probiotics" as a proxy for a process that they neglect to detail.

          I would be more than happy to be a Wysong cheerleader, AFTER they provide evidence that they "clearly invented" the process claimed by Nestle "long before" Nestle.

           

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            Willton, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 8:43am

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            I would be more than happy to be a Wysong cheerleader, AFTER they provide evidence that they "clearly invented" the process claimed by Nestle "long before" Nestle.

            This AC has a point. TechDirt readers and authors are so adamant about someone providing evidence to support a theory that patents are good. So why does TechDirt ask for no evidence confirming Wysong's story that this process has been around for 15 years prior to Nestle's filing? Are we teetering on the edge of a double standard?

             

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      Jonathan Lang, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 7:47pm

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      Well let's see, out of the dozen+ posts on techdirt today, only 3 had to do with patents. That hardly makes Techdirt a "patent lawsuit site."

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 6:34am

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      "When did techdirt become nothing more than a patent lawsuit site? Why not report on real innovation?"

      Sadly, the patent system has everything with the development of technology these days. Also, was the headline misleading in some way? If patent related articles bore you, why click, read and post?

       

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    Uncle Dutch, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 8:06pm

    Anonymous Coward et al

    Why don't *you* report on...? What is it about this site that in recent times invites sophomoric beside-the-point comments. AC (et al): Why not create/post to webemorons.com, instead? Also, there is always the, "Who cares?" post, for those who cannot count beyond one, and who cannot sense beyond immediate gratification or what is currently on the tube.

    Yes, patents are frequently a drag on innovation and the economy, as well as an assault on common sense, not to mention decency. Often, they are just wrong.

    Marconi, for decades, was credited with - and granted a patent for - the invention of radio, when in fact Tesla described/published/demonstrated radio years earlier, when Marconi was in knee pants. It took a few decades, but the record was eventually righted in the U.S. Courts, posthumously for Tesla, not that anyone has been paying attention... certainly not most reference materials and educators.

    Of course the law, more often than not, is not about justice, but about the process - or the appearance of justice.

    Now that education is a commodity instead of a process, as part of evolutionary civilization, alas, the solution may well be beyond our generation - if at all, inasmuch as we seem to be in retrograde mode in terms of "doing the right" thing for humanity and in the interst of intelligent information processing. That is, we may now be riding the slippery slope back to the bottom of the petri dish. The Chicken Little "Sky Is Falling" economic [manufactured] crisis may be a step/stumble in a Lemmings-like rush to the nearest jumping off point.

    Solutions? Various: Start with a lifetime work effort of abolishing stupid, counterproductive legislation which furthers nothing but the ($) interests of a few who profit by litigious mafioso tactics hell bent on running (ruining)the lives of others... and of creating a class of criminals of those who prefer other ways of (non-coercive) doing/being (think of the countless mayhems/murders related to criminalization of drugs, and of the countless lives ruined by Big Pharma (i.e., "approved" drugs).

    So, Anonymous Coward (and ilk), why not blog your own musings. Why do you waste your precious time?

    As for myself: I know I am only blowing off steam - a frustrated response to escalating babble (even while creating some of my own).

    Mike: Keep up the good work. I do hope you consider moderating/editing (i.e., deleting) some of these posts (even mine) in the interest of brevity to encourage more on-point comments.

     

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      Chuck Money, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 10:55pm

      Re: Anonymous Coward et al

      Agreed...with some exceptions.

      We don't need to abolish stupid legislation. We need to abolish stupid, period, be it in the form of writings or even people. Yes, I support genocide of idiots.

      We could start by acknowledging that Jesus is the world's greatest fairy tale. After that, maybe we could all agree than Communism - the real thing, not what Lenin and Stalin did - is the best form of (or lack thereof) government available and all agree to give it an honest try. To make people happy we can leave all the current government buildings in tact and just test it out for 10 years. If people would try it, they'd like it. Last, once we have done away with money because, well, we don't need it, issues like patents will no longer be relevant because if someone can't profit from a patent, there is no need for one.

      But back to reality, let's just kill off all the idiots and then we can seriously discuss the rest of this, ok?

      (P.S. Hershey's special dark is good chocolate. Their Milk Chocolate admittedly leaves much to be desired...)

       

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      Brandon, Mar 11th, 2009 @ 1:19pm

      Re: Anonymous Coward et al

      To expand on the example you gave of Marconi and Tesla, if I remember correctly there was another guy that invented the telephone just before Alexander Graham Bell did, but Bell got the patent and all the credit. I wish I could find my source on this but I read it a while ago so someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

      Seems like the same thing is being done here. It's certainly not fair, but the way the patent system seems to work, this does seem to be following protocol unfortunately. And because of the poor way the patent system works, Nestle seems to be completely in their legal right to file a lawsuit.

       

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    extraspec t, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 8:10pm

    nestle...

    there seems to be little mention of why the original product was not patented, or if one exists why the PTO did not find it.

    seems that the chocolate comments really did not have mush to do with the story.

    note that nestle got a lot of press a few years ago pushing baby formula in areas that could not afford mothers milk

     

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    extraspec t, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 8:11pm

    nestle...

    there seems to be little mention of why the original product was not patented, or if one exists why the PTO did not find it.

    seems that the chocolate comments really did not have mush to do with the story.

    note that nestle got a lot of press a few years ago pushing baby formula in areas that could not afford mothers milk

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 6:24am

      Re: nestle...

      I suspect it was not patented by the small company because the patent process has become way too costly thanks to the activities of lawyers.

      That Nestle knew about the other product and did not report it in the prior art section of their patent application should be considered fraud and possibly perjury. Too bad the small company can't lay charges of federal criminal action.

       

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    rg, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 8:25pm

    Gotta love that business model..

    A fairly non-strident (despite the title) view of the whole baby formula thing:

    http://www.thelancetstudent.com/2008/12/08/nestle-%E2%80%93-the-baby-killer/

    It's too bad - I really used to like their candy bars.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 9:06pm

    What I have difficulty grasping is why so many seem prepared to declare this particular matter as being exemplary of abusive behavior by a patentee without any objective information at hand? At most it appears that a company is the US has been using a "technology" for quite some time, but what is meant when the US company uses the word "technology" is nowhere stated.

    As best I can determine with the very few available facts, Nestle has received a patent claiming a particular "invention", whereas the US company asserts it has been using a "technology" for many years pre-dating Nestle's patent. On these facts alone it is impossible to draw any informed opinion, so jumping on the "this is terrible" bandwagon seems quite a bit premature.

     

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      Mike (profile), Mar 6th, 2009 @ 10:34pm

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      As best I can determine with the very few available facts, Nestle has received a patent claiming a particular "invention", whereas the US company asserts it has been using a "technology" for many years pre-dating Nestle's patent. On these facts alone it is impossible to draw any informed opinion, so jumping on the "this is terrible" bandwagon seems quite a bit premature.

      Apparently you've never been on the receiving end of such a legal threat. It's a shame. For a patent lawyer, it would probably make you more sympathetic if you had to go through the stuff you put others through.

       

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        Willton, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 11:45pm

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        Apparently you've never been on the receiving end of such a legal threat. It's a shame. For a patent lawyer, it would probably make you more sympathetic if you had to go through the stuff you put others through.

        You mean like defending against claims such as these? No, I guess no patent lawyer ever does that.

        You should also note that your source of this information is a party to this lawsuit, which would seem to color the facts in that party's favor. For someone so keen on having an unbiased view of things, you certainly do not choose your news sources well.

         

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          ehrichweiss, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 12:45am

          not equal

          biased news source != unreliable new source.

          If you were an eye witness to some event, I'd call you biased but more than likely able to give me the real facts than say a report that came out 15 years after the fact.

           

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          Paul`, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 8:12am

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          Where is the room for colouring? Nestle patented something that had clearly already been done by one if not more other parties and then is bullying the original creator to pay them for the right to use their own process.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 10:20am

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            "Nestle patented something that had clearly already been done by one if not more other parties"

            The problem here is that there is not enough factual information to determine if the above quote is true or not.

            I have seen many times where a party such as this US company asserts "but I have been using the 'technology' in my products for years". Upon investigation it much more often than not turns out that the "technology" user has never been doing what a patent claims, and then later comes out with a product variant that falls within one or more of the claims.

             

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              Pants, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 11:24am

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              AC -> "The problem here is that there is not enough factual information to determine if the above quote is true or not."

              ... and this is not a courtroom.

              Given that the claim to have been using this process many years prior to the patent in question is indeed correct and verifiable, how would you then feel about the attempt to extract fees, fines, etc from the defendant?

              I wonder if Purina has a patent on the pracice of not testing their pet food for contaminates, like melamine.

               

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                Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 11:45am

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                Even outside a courtroom, having facts in hand is important before taking a position.

                Assuming, solely for purposes of discussion, that what the US company has been manufacturing and selling for 15+ years falls under the terms of one or more claims of the patent, then by law those claims would be invalid under at least Sections 102(a) and (b) of the Patent Act.

                A problem here, I fear, is that the US company may have retained as counsel a general litigation firm. I say this based upon what I read on the website of the US company as all of the wrongs allegedly being perpetrated. In my experience this typically results in unnecessarily higher legal fees (I have seen fees as high as a factor of 10) and suboptimal representation. I would never use the services of a general practioner doctor to perform surgery, so I am always mystified why people choose to do otherwise when it comes to matters of law.

                 

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 6:50am

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        I have had clients on the receiving end of letters asserting third party rights. None ever proceeded beyond the exchange of letters.

        On only a very few occassions have I ever sent a letter to a third party asserting IP rights. In each such instance a breach of contract or confidentiality agreement was the catalyst, and in each such instance the existence of IP rights was instrumental in resolving the matter without resort to litigation.

         

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          Mike (profile), Mar 7th, 2009 @ 12:02pm

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          I have had clients on the receiving end of letters asserting third party rights. None ever proceeded beyond the exchange of letters.

          Not talking about clients. I'm talking about you personally. If you ever experienced what that's like, maybe you wouldn't be such a fan of these things...

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 2:21pm

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            I am offended you say I am "a fan of these things".

            I firmly believe that most matters that end up in litigation were the result of people talking past each other, and not to each other. Letters, telephone calls, and face to face meetings are much more effective than "legal threats".

            I am also a strong advocate of mediation as a way to bring people together to resolve their differences.

            Moreover, I never discount the value of arbitration as it is yet another means of avoiding a fight that more often than not does not need to occur.

            In sum, litigation to me means that one has not been a particularly effective advocate. It should always be a last resort, and even then it should not be entered into except in the most exigent of circumstances.

             

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              Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 4:18pm

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              "Moreover, I never discount the value of arbitration as it is yet another means of avoiding a fight that more often than not does not need to occur."

              Not to be confused with the prominent and abusive binding arbitration that so many people unknowingly agree to and then are later victimized by.

               

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                Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 8:03pm

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                Concur. Binding arbitration volutarily made is one thing, mandated arbitration quite another.

                 

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    Boycott, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 10:51pm

    Boycott

    Just boycott Purina and other Nestle products. In their industries, there is always an alternative. Bullying someone trying to do good for the world is wrong.

     

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    Overcast, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 11:02pm

    Another company to avoid.

     

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    AUSTIN, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 4:07am

    NESTLES

    If NESTLES carry out this thret then I shall boycott their produce and so should everyone else, what do they think they are playing at.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 8:53am

      Re: NESTLES

      So, Nestle develops the technology, Nestle gets the patent from the patent office, wysong steals the technology, and you boycot Nestle?
      I don't get it.

       

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    Vincent Clement, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 6:54am

    Hmmm, still no comment from Mr. Riley. How telling.

     

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    Weird HaroId, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 6:57am

    Disregard that previous comment, I meant I give free fellatios.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 8:23am

    is your company lawyer_ready?

    Wasn't a Nestle CEO featured in a recent Microsoft ad for some People or lawyer_ready software?

     

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    Eric, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 9:25am

    Patent Evaluation

    Was there existing art or not?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 10:46am

    If Nestle patented the very same process, it seems like Nestle's patent ought to be revoked and then this lawsuit would be over.

    Although I'm not sure how easy or possible it is to get a patent revoked. Probably not very with our screwed up system.

     

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    StopNestleWaters, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 12:31pm

    Nestle's MO

    This sadly fits well within Nestle's MO in the United States.

    They're in the process of using their considerable legal might to force a small town in Maine to permit a 24/7 truck loading station in a residentially zoned area. They lost the original suit and three subsequent appeals, but brought a fourth appeal anyway which was just argued before the Maine State Supreme Court.

    They've pulled the same predatory crap in California and Michigan, and it's clear that's simply how they do business.

    I do business by avoiding predatory Swiss multinationals like that.

     

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    Ray, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 1:40pm

    Patents

    The real problem here is the cost of getting a PATENT. In the 60's and 60's a patent could be had for a few dollars and updates to that patent were a few dollars more. Then in the 70's big business got really involved after they lost a couple of cases to some little guy who had patented some thing much earlier. Then the federal government jumped in and decided it would make patents tougher for the little guy to get, now to start the process of getting a patent will cost you $10,000 to start and it is not uncommon for patents to cost upwards of a few million. BLAME BIG BUSINESS AND OUR ILLUSTRIOUS GOVERNMENT FOR THIS PROBLEM.

    As all else fails, now it is time for the people to start taking back, boycott NESTLE'S, all the products they make, and co-own companies are listed on their web site.

    So quit screaming about the little guy getting screwed and lets start screwing the big guy. If you don't think this will work, you must have the ostrich complex with your head in the sand.

     

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    Gene Cavanaugh, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 3:22pm

    Nestle abusing the patent process

    Hmmm! Somehow we got into the fantasy that patent attorneys on this site are saying the PRESENT patent system "somehow" protects small inventors from big business - haven't seen any comments like that; don't agree with it.
    Speaking for myself, as a patent attorney, I am saying the PRESENT patent system is bad; that the patent system should promote the arts, and that means protecting small inventors from big business; and to do that we need to get Congress off the big business campaign funding "feed trough" with campaign finance reform.
    In the meantime, we need to promote small entity (also called "Jepson" patenting), promote first to file, and promote some scheme for making the USPTO more responsive to prior art (preferably before a patent is granted).
    A first step would be to stop the ridiculous business model we have now - the USPTO supports itself with fees, but "needs" to tell the people who give them the largest fees (big business) they don't want to be paid!!!
    The USPTO should be independently funded by the government; that is, if we really do want an independent USPTO!
    I suspect, though, that Congress will continue selling out to big business, and big business will continue to be the money behind the USPTO, because "that means no new taxes!", ignoring the fact that the equivalent in "new taxes" would be MUCH less expensive!
    BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY, THERE'S NO INTELLIGENT LIFE HERE!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 4:14pm

    Facts and Fantasies

    The patent in question is 5,968,569 (per Wysong), which relates to a method of preparing probiotic pet food. The patent is not for "probiotic dog food," even though ALL of the evidence presented on Wysong's web site (as of today's date) merely points to the existence of the word "probiotic" in various locations. The existence of probiotics does not logically lead to the conclusion that the processes used to incorporate the probiotics in the pet food were the same. Ergo, Wysong's "proof," to the extent it is provided on its web site, is not compelling.

    Wysong's web site also claims that they managed to get a European patent with similar claims denied in Europe. Yet, the EPO web site shows that after opposition, EP0862863 - B2 was issued on 2008-09-03, with at least claim 1 being substantially similar to the original U.S. claim. Again, the very proof to which Wysong points is less than compelling.

    It may well be that Wysong has a case. However, from the sparse evidence presented thus far, I find their case to be unimpressive.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 7th, 2009 @ 9:57pm

      Re: Facts and Fantasies

      The patent system defenders who are always quick to comment on this site like to talk about how they're really defenders of "small inventors" against evil "big businesses" who are trying to steal their work. I'm curious what they think about this case, where the exact opposite is happening?

      I never ceased to be amazed that the author of articles such as this one is only too quick to jump on anything that serves his interests in denigrating the patent laws without actually taking the time to flesh out relevant facts to see if they even support what he is saying in articles such as this one.

      What perhaps the author does not fully appreciate is that the persuasive force of his arguments is lost many times because of their premature presentation.

       

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    Joe (profile), Mar 7th, 2009 @ 9:18pm

    Sign Wysong's petition!

    Go to the Wysong web site and sign the petition to Hershey/Purina to show them that screwing Wysong is not in their best interest.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 8:59am

      Re: Sign Wysong's petition!

      Joe -> "Go to the Wysong web site and sign the petition to Hershey/Purina to show them that screwing Wysong is not in their best interest."

      What a minute ... Nestles & Hershey are p/o one big Co - no wonder their chocolate is terrible

       

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    LMR, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 10:43am

    Uncle Dutch, as a paralegal for many years, I can honestly say that your comment, "Of course the law, more often than not, is not about justice, but about the process - or the appearance of justice." is absolutely correct. Those who do not understand this have never been any closer to the law than the latest episode of Boston Legal,

    As for the chocolate issue, shame on all of you! Surely you know that there is no such thing as bad chocolate! ;)

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 12:30pm

      Re:

      "As for the chocolate issue, shame on all of you! Surely you know that there is no such thing as bad chocolate! ;)"

      Ok ... I stand corrected and will rephrase.
      Some chocolate is WAY better than others.

       

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    brwyatt, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 1:46pm

    Boycott?

    I think we should start boycotting companies (big and small) that pull this kind of crap. I'm already picky about which companies I buy from based on their relative "goodness" or "badness"... as well as thier relative quality... maybe it is time to take it a step further?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 3:17pm

    Boycott? Here's a list of Nestlé brands

     

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    Igor, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 8:32pm

    > The patent system defenders who are always quick to
    > comment on this site like to talk about how they're
    > really defenders of "small inventors" against evil
    > "big businesses" who are trying to steal their work.

    That definitely was not addressed to me (since I believe the patents are mostly used by "big business" to protect itself from another "big business").

    But I'd venture my opinion anyway. And it is a very short opinion.

    Frivolous lawsuits and other kinds of lawsuits intended to harass the other party ought to entail a treble compensation of the other party's legal expenses. That will allow many law firms to defend these cases on contingency bases (and collect the treble damages, if they are successful in proving the vexation litigation counter-charges).

     

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    GSArnold, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 8:54pm

    Wysong should respond....

    Wysong should respond with a motion to the USPTO to review the patent followed by a motion to stay this decision pending that review. If they have 15 years of prior art, this should be a no brainer and would eliminate Nestle's claim.

    Oh, and IANAL, so this might be complete crap.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 9:21pm

      Re: Wysong should respond....

      Oh, and IANAL

      One does not have to be a lawyer to wend their way through this matter. The problem here is that far too many commenters have fallen prey to having a visceral reaction, and not one predicated on an understanding of the relevant facts. Unfortunately, the liked site of the US company does nothing to add the facts necessary to accurately understand the factual situation involved with the case.

       

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    Copyright Ranger, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 10:55pm

    So what if Nestle is in the right here? Perhaps they improved the original formula to overcome the 'novelty' hurdle, and Wysong followed suit because it was a superior product... or some marketing line like that.

    Once Wysong stepped on Nestle's toes, they oiled up their patent litigators and sent them into the Colleseum.

    Just a thought, haven't read prior art, don't jump on me all at once now...

     

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    R. Miles, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 3:57am

    Just another day in business.

    I'd be curious to know how many stories, per day, Techdirt would have to post to keep up with the stupidity of this side of business.

    I'm sure, every day, patent lawsuits are filed, regardless how large the company is. Hell, there are even folks out there who are suing who don't even operate a business.

    The patent and copyright systems need changed. Instead of giving ownership, it should be a system of crediting only.

    In a market where the US no longer produces like it does, I find it fascinating patents are created and filed just so countries overseas can't produce the products without substantial licensing fees.

    This has major consequences, including how stupid people are to understanding.

    Take this comment for example:
    It became a patent and copyright beating site I think when Mike got solidly on the "FREE!" bandwagon. That whole notion requires that most rights granted to authors, creators, developers, and trademark holders gets tossed out the window.

    It was written by Weird Harold, but before you dismiss this author, keep in mind hundreds of thousands of people think this way because they believe, incorrectly, people have the right to own ideas.

    People like Harold don't create. Instead, they opt to believe those who do should have rights to dictate to others the control over viewing, copying, editing, reading, or enjoying their works, which goes against the very idea of why the work was created in the first place.

    The Obama Administration needs to remove current copyright and patent rules and change them for innovation.

    Because innovation is necessary for NEW BUSINESSES to form, which is needed in this economic crisis.

    But this will never happen when businesses are fighting over an idea.

    Oh, and Weird Harold, one more thing to throw at you: The patent and copyright system instills a monopoly on such ideas in which only ONE company can manufacture the good or license it out. In the United States, monopolies are illegal.

    So why isn't owning the patent/copyright illegal?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 8:29am

    Sounds Fishy

    The patent office does not give patents when someone had been using something. Sounds like wysong is just trying to cry because they got caught!

     

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    moelarry, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 8:30am

    hook line and sinker

    if wysong really has prior art, they should have no problem geting nestle into reexam. if not, then they are feeding you a line.

     

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    CheeseCake, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 8:56am

    Sounds like Wysong got caught with their had in the probiotic jar and are trying to lie their way out. You cannot patent something that someone else already has on the market. If Wysong really had such stuff 15 years earlier, the patent would not be there.

     

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    Anonymous Earl, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:01am

    Wysong

    Sounds like CheeseCake is right. These small companies wait for the bigger ones to invent things then steal the technology. Then, if they get caught and get sued, they whine about big brother and cry like a baby. Wysong should stand rp and face the music if they are infringing a patent. Bundh of babbies!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:02am

    Wysong and Nestle Purina

    BOYCOT WYSONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:09am

    OK, why is it insanity for someone with a patent to sue someone that is infringing? Does it matter what size business it is?
    This story is probably made up.

     

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    Patent Supporter, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:12am

    Do you really beleive that someone invented something 15 years before it was patented? Everyone that gets sued tries to wiggle out. I doubt wysong story. Probably their lawyers spinning everything.

     

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    Grammar, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:15am

    Wysong must be in the wrong. They cannot even write a complete sentence!

    Nestle Sues Company That Came Up (with) A Product 15 Years Before Nestle Patented It

     

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      Grammar REply, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:25am

      Re:

      You are right. Wysong wrote this. See the submission policy. You submit a story and the webhost publishes. You can't bleive what is written here, at least most of it.

       

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    Wysong Blocks First Amendment Rights, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:19am

    I checked Wysong's website. They have a blog, but you cannot post unless they edit it first. They won't let other people comment if it is not what they want to say. Wysong is probably wrong and just trying to get sympathy since they got caught. I will boycot them because you cannot comment on their postings!! I suggest you boycot them to.

     

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      First Amendment, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:58am

      Re: Website

      I checked the Wysong web. You are right. They delete anything that is not in their favor.
      Crooks stealing patent rights and won't let two points of view on their petition.

       

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    ain't-the-patent-system-great, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:21am

    The system is great. It keeps big business from stealing from mon-and-pop AND it keeps momn-and-pop from stealing from big business.

     

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    anymouse, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:21am

    RE: Facts and Fantasies

    "The patent in question is 5,968,569 (per Wysong), which relates to a method of preparing probiotic pet food. The patent is not for "probiotic dog food," even though ALL of the evidence presented on Wysong's web site (as of today's date) merely points to the existence of the word "probiotic" in various locations. The existence of probiotics does not logically lead to the conclusion that the processes used to incorporate the probiotics in the pet food were the same. Ergo, Wysong's "proof," to the extent it is provided on its web site, is not compelling."

    Do you have any common sense at all? If the processes used to incorporate the probiotics in the pet food were not the same, THEN WHY THE HELL IS NESTLE SUING WYSONG? Obviously their lawyers think the process being used is close enough to their 'new' patent (on what Wysong has been doing for years) that they can get away with suing over it, so how can you honestly say that Wysong didn't come up with this process first?

    Let me break it down a little more so you can grasp the subtlety (using arbitrary dates as an example). Company A starts doing X in 1980, in 1995 Company Z patents the process of doing X and sues Company A for violating it's patent on the process of doing X.... If Company A was not doing X, then there would be no reason for Company Z to sue them, and if they had already been doing X for the last 15 years, then there is no reason Company Z should have been granted a patent on doing X. The fact that Company Z is suing Company A basically validates the fact that they think Company A has been doing X for at least 15 years before their patent....

    Is being repeatedly dropped on your head the first step in getting into law school, or is it just part of the process of educational process for lawyers?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 2:03pm

      Re: RE: Facts and Fantasies

      anymouse:

      The patent in question is 5,968,569 (per Wysong), which relates to a method of preparing probiotic pet food. The patent is not for "probiotic dog food," even though ALL of the evidence presented on Wysong's web site (as of today's date) merely points to the existence of the word "probiotic" in various locations. The existence of probiotics does not logically lead to the conclusion that the processes used to incorporate the probiotics in the pet food were the same. Ergo, Wysong's "proof," to the extent it is provided on its web site, is not compelling.

      Do you have any common sense at all? If the processes used to incorporate the probiotics in the pet food were not the same, THEN WHY THE HELL IS NESTLE SUING WYSONG?

      You are making assumptions based on...? Nothing? I assume that 15 years earlier than Purina filed for their patent Wysong had a process for incorporating probiotics in their pet food. However, I do not assume that Purina's process is the same as Wysong's process. If Purina's later developed process is the same as Wysong's original process, then Wysong will easily win.

      However, if Wysong changed their process after 1999, then guess what? Purina has a case. This line of reasoning is not "common sense," it is logic, which you neglected to use.

      Obviously their lawyers think the process being used is close enough to their 'new' patent (on what Wysong has been doing for years) that they can get away with suing over it, so how can you honestly say that Wysong didn't come up with this process first?

      How can you honestly say that Wysong came up with the process first since you do not know what Wysong's process was prior to 1999?

      Let me break it down a little more so you can grasp the subtlety (using arbitrary dates as an example). Company A starts doing X in 1980, in 1995 Company Z patents the process of doing X and sues Company A for violating it's patent on the process of doing X.... If Company A was not doing X, then there would be no reason for Company Z to sue them, and if they had already been doing X for the last 15 years, then there is no reason Company Z should have been granted a patent on doing X. The fact that Company Z is suing Company A basically validates the fact that they think Company A has been doing X for at least 15 years before their patent....

      Let me break this down for you in even simpler terms, since you seem to have a logic problem.

      Company A develops process A in 1980.
      Company B patents process B in 1995.
      Company A is found to be using process B in 2005.

      Now, if process B is truly the same as process A (which Wysong has provided ZERO evidence for on their web site), then Wysong will prevail.

      However, if process B is a different process from process A and Company A was not using process B until after process B was patented, then guess who is in trouble?

      Is being repeatedly dropped on your head the first step in getting into law school, or is it just part of the process of educational process for lawyers?

      I have no idea about lawyers, since I am not one. However, your insults carry virtually no weight given that you have been unable to apply a little logic to the possibilities. You, as with so many others, are buying a story at face value without asking some simple questions as to whether there might be another interpretation or point of view.

       

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    Keeping it Real, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:28am

    Wysong

     

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    Keeping it Real, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:31am

    Wysong

    Doesn't Nestle get the benefit of the doubt?
    They got the patent.
    Why is Wysong complaining about getting sued?
    Wysong is not denying that they infringe the patent. They say the patent is no good. If it is no good, why could nestle get the patent?
    Sounds like Wysong should talk to my 4 year old son, the one that tried to lie his way out when he got caught stealing cookies.

     

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    Tired, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 9:34am

    I say screw them both, particularly the little whining cry-baby wysong.

     

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    CheeseCake, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 11:56am

    Wysong Is Misleading

    It looks like they opposed the patent in Europe and lost the opposition. The claims were only modified in a minor way. Wysong's statements are incorrect or misleading.

     

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    German Friend, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 11:58am

    Wysong/Nestle

    How do you "Come Up a Product"? Help please?

     

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    Earl, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 12:03pm

    Nestle

    If you are honest and you are infringing a patent, you take a license or you stop making the product.
    Everybody thanks any patent that hurts them is a bad patent.
    Wysong should just stop making the product.

     

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    Re Mischa, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 1:24pm

    Wysong

    Wysong says they had it 15 years before. Is that true?
    Could it be that they just claim that?
    If they had it 15 years before, why did they not patent it?
    If they had it 15 years before, why did the patent office give the patent to nestl?
    Don't be fooled by these guys that wait for big companies to do all the reserach and then try to steal the results. Just because they say it does not make it true.

     

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    Patent Bob, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 1:26pm

    Wysong

     

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    CheseCake, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 1:30pm

    Nestle Wysong

    This it typical. Wysong gets sued and launches a sympathy blitz in the media.
    Why don't you hear from Nestle? Because they are professionals that work from the facts.
    It looks like Nestel has the patent, Wysong is infringing, and there is a suit.
    Wysong starts whining on the web. David vs Goliath - what a bunch of bull.
    Nestle just does the work and enforces their patent. There is nothing wrong with enforcing a patent.

     

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    Re First Amendment, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 1:32pm

    Wysong

    What is this about the First Amendment.
    Is Wysong filtering comments.
    Is this illegal or at least unethical?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 1:33pm

    Wysong

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 1:36pm

    Wysong

    Yes, go to wysong.net and protest their unethical conduct in filtering comments about this issue. If they were right or ethical, they would let all comments in!!!!!!!!

    I wish i bought their products so I could never buy them again. I don't have a dog but think companies like wysong are the problem with the patent system.

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Mar 9th, 2009 @ 4:52pm

    Wow, Overseas Spambot?

    Wow. Did the comments ever start to change after around #69!!

    It suddenly went from semi-reasoned discourse to a clear astroturf campaign on the Nestle side. What a very high number of brief, silly, pro-Nestle comments, written in very poor English. How is such a response organized? A single repeat poster? An offshore PR comment spam service? Mike, any info from the IP addresses? This issue is almost as important to me as the lawsuit.

    Frankly, I'm not sure about who is in the right in this case, but I credit the pro-Nestle poster in comment #98 with summing the situation up very well.

     

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      Mike (profile), Mar 9th, 2009 @ 5:10pm

      Re: Wow, Overseas Spambot?

      Mike, any info from the IP addresses? This issue is almost as important to me as the lawsuit.


      They're all from one IP address. And, yes, they're coming from Europe...

       

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        Copyright Ranger, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 5:35pm

        Re: Re: Wow, Overseas Spambot?

        Fantastic! Now if all patent court-cases would be fought on the TechDirt forums, with the winner decided by a readership vote... Move over, Thirteenth Circuit!

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 5:22am

      Re: Wow, Overseas Spambot?

      Ummm...I am not a "pro-Nestle" commenter. I am a pro-logic commenter. Nestle may well be pulling a fast one. The only problem I have is that Wysong is crying about how they were wronged, and yet their evidence that they had the process spelled out in Nestle's patent first is not only lacking, but missing (to the extent they tried to defend themselves on their site).

      If Wysong plans on winning in court, they need to show either that their current process is not the same as is claimed in the patent, or that they had the process prior to Nestle's filing, in which Nestle's patent could end up being worthless.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 9th, 2009 @ 8:04pm

    Bad Astroturf

    Not only is it bad astroturf, but it is cheap as well.
    Really - one IP Addr, how lame is that.

     

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    Confused, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 9:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Clearly?

    Did no one watch the video that is on their forum? They show clips from WAY before 1999 talking about adding the probiotics and even show the process being done. I do not know the date of the video but you can cleary see it was not from 2000 or later.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 10:56am

      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Clearly?

      Confused:

      Okay, did you compare the process they show in the video, which you do not know the date of, but you can clearly see it was not from 2000 or later (I bow to your ability to not be able to date a video, but to know it was not from 2000 or later), and compare it to the language of the claims? Do they appear to be the same process?

      Incidentally, if there is no way to attest to the date of the video, then there is no way they have proof. Seems like we have been down this road before.

       

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    kamikaze goldfish, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 9:46am

    Blaming patent system?

    Mike Masnick seems to be blaming the patent system for this....did the the original company get a patent? I doubt it, if nestle was able to patent 'the exact same process.' So I don't think you can blame the patent system for nestle's bad behavior, because the patent system could have saved the small business. If they'd had a patent 'long before' nestle, this wouldn't have happened. This is just another case of the internet giving voices to morons.

     

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      Brandy, Apr 26th, 2009 @ 6:56am

      Re: Blaming patent system?

      What is Nestle's bad behavior?
      They apparently got a patent and don't want Wysong to steal the products they invested in developing. How is suing an infringer bad behavior?

       

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    Confused, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 12:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Clearly?

    You are exactly right Anonymous Coward, I have no way of telling that video was not recorded yesterday.

    So I did some more research and it seems wysong has alot of books about probiotics, and so do alot of others.

    http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/128/12/2730S

    also

    http://www.preciouspets.org/tru th.htm

    These links talk about adding probiotics, it even looks like wysong describes a machine to do this in one of his books from 1993. (guessing that is what this whole thing is about)

    So I searched for this book they talk about "Rational for Animal Nutrition"

    I am going to see if our libary has it in stock. My question is why is this not posted on thier site. They really should present a better case with their press release. That I do agree with.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 2:11pm

      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Clearly?

      Confused:

      Exactly so. If they have a case, they need to present it in a coherent fashion that sways us intellectually rather than emotionally. The emotional appeal may be great for headlines and People magazine, but decision makers need facts and wisdom.

      I leave you with these quotations:

      A lie told often enough becomes the truth. - Lenin

      It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. - H.L. Mencken

      If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. - Descartes

      Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have. - Elizabeth Bowen

      I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side -- I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts. - Bethania McKenstry

       

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        Confused, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 3:42pm

        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Clearly?

        I think we both can agree that while the system has some errors, it is not as difunctional as some may think. Wysong will get their day in court and I honestly do hope they prevail.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 5:58pm

          Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Clearly?

          Confused:

          Yes, I agree regarding your comments about our patent system. As for Wysong, I hope they prevail if they had the process prior to Nestle.

           

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          Confused, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 7:23pm

          Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Clearly?

          Why would you "hope they prevail"?
          If they have a good defense, they should prevail.
          If they don't have the evidence, why should they prevail?

           

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2009 @ 1:44pm

    Patents

    Whether or not Wysong was using probiotics before the patent is for the court to decide. Nestle has the patent, Wysong claims they were using the invention years before the patent, they go to court and whoever is right wins the lawsuit. So why is Wysong complaining about being sued? That is the system we have!

     

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    Robert Frankovich, Mar 23rd, 2009 @ 9:13pm

    Golden Rule

    Always remember the golden rule: "HE WHO HAS THE GOLD MAKES THE RULES"

    We all know who will win.

     

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    Nicole, Mar 27th, 2009 @ 12:54pm

    Petition

    There is an online petition where you can make your comments, and they will be forwarded to Purina and the U.S. Patent Office. The more signatures we get, the more effective it will be in either stopping Purina's lawsuit or having the patent taken away. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-wysong

     

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    CheeseCake, Apr 10th, 2009 @ 9:17am

    Comments

    Why would you want to stop a lawsuit? That is what the courts are for. How do you know what Wysong says is true? The patent office doesn't issue patents on inventions that others made 20 years before (it can happen but is unlikely). If Wysong is correct, they will win. If not, the patent owner will win. Why would you want to sign a petition to stop the lawsuit?

     

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    Confused, Apr 10th, 2009 @ 9:23am

    The petition comments with links are posted by Wysong.

     

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    x-wysong customer, Apr 10th, 2009 @ 9:49pm

    Wysong plays good guy, writes books but is a hypocrit

    Dr. Wysong writes books, definitely a little off from the normal rationale, with his more recent book and MANY articles found online all over, he encourages employees to be loyal to their employers, to think outside the box and try to consistently help the company, encourage sales, to live their employer's company on their own time as much as at work, to always go the extra mile for their company, etc etc - guess what? One of their employees, talked me and many many many others into using Wysong, educated hundreds of people, knew the products inside and out, promoted Wysong on her own website, promoted it on yahoo and MSN groups, talked it to her family, friends, and strangers. She believed in this company wholeheartedly and ruthlessly defended it. But guess what, she was canned for putting up a website http://apps.facebook.com/causes/231005/50069849?m=6d54c0aa that encouraged people to support Wysong after being told by a fellow employee (a newbie computer geek no less who was apparently brown nosing and looking to point out all the screw ups HE could single handedly fix [I bet wonder how many 'screw ups' he created to make himself look good]) and actually asking permission both from him and the president there. Being told anyone could do whatever they wanted on their own time but Wysong themselves could not do anything other than the official press releases and that he had verified this with the boss. Funny less than a week later she was canned and this was a primary point used against her. So they aren't such the good guys, looking to can good employees for doing no more than supporting their company and offering no recourse, asking no questions, just determining through this tech guy I guess that she was violating company policy and damaging their cause with Purina. Funny, private time apparently is to be controlled by this company too. I sure wish I had employees who followed my published recommendations to a T and put the company first on their own time!!!! If this company is this loyal to its employees, I can bet there is more to the story with Purina (not that I would feed their junk either). Had reliable sources for this and find their 'causes' to fire a long time loyal employee (while others in the company also participated) for such trumped up nonsense very sad. If you need money and need to do layoffs, do them, don't screw people over, take away a reference, deny unemployment etc for what is so obviously a set up situation and the response to it was well within reason, but if there is no one there to ask that counts or cares, there is no one there to prevent fraud against an employee (heck better to just use the information shared against the employee at a later date) or many other issues that could come about. Their advertising claims to have teams of veterinarians working there doing research. I visited the company. There is not one single VET working there, other than Dr. Wysong who comes in when he feels like it, and has no personal contact with customers. Some barely trained technicians with only one or two with any credentials that would even make sense to a pet food company, let alone to make recommendations to PEOPLE! So one of their biggest arguments to other companies isn't much better in their little company either. Not saying their stuff is bad, just saying the folks that run that place sure could take a few lessons in reality and humanity. There's always more to the story. Sorry, but coming across this article just set me off after hearing my favorite tech there was 'no longer there' and asking around - amazing what I learned and I haven't even talked to her yet!!!! Jeff

     

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      j.j., Jun 22nd, 2009 @ 10:59pm

      Re: Wysong plays good guy, writes books but is a hypocrit

      Jeff,

      I don't know where you get your information from, but its ridiculous. Frankly, I'd be embarrassed for wasting so much time telling people things that aren't true. I've known this family and this company for years, and to even suggest that they are uninvolved or somehow lost on the ethics of business is absolutely off-base. You couldn't be farther from the truth. And I've heard about your aforementioned friend, who was fired, and about the number of other much more significant reasons she was let go. That isn't what this forum is about -- but hopefully you'll find out the whole truth.

      Dr. Wysong built, with his own hands, a vet clinic in Midland and lived and worked there while he built the Wysong brand from the ground up. That you even suggest laziness, or as you put it: he "comes in when he feels like it," shows you have really no grasp on the internal structure at Wysong. Furthermore, your comments regarding "barely trained" staff only tells me that you have little experience with what "trained" means. Do you often spend time at human and pet health-food headquarters? I felt the need to step in, considering how ignorant the comments are.

      To doubters: Regarding the prior art. It DOES exists, and I believe it will prevail in court.
      Lets just hope this mega-company will not run an honest, hard-working, company that strives to bring longevity to our lives and the lives of our pets into the ground with financial loop-holes and litigation-bullshit.

       

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    Nicole, Apr 26th, 2009 @ 6:51am

    After Investigating

    After researching this, it appears that Wysong has give only its side of the story. They say they had probiotics in the 1980s but there is nothing to show that they are not just saying that. I looked and they did not file any patent applications and there are no publications. It looks like they got caught doing something that was patented and are trying to get off the hook by getting sympathy. I suggest that everyone heck the facts before supporting Wysong.

     

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    Probiotics, Sep 29th, 2011 @ 11:21pm

    Best Probiotics

    So is it really that simple for it maybe considered complicated to get more of this?

     

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