Wysong Under Attack – Big business vs Family Owned

Posted by on Feb 7, 2009 in Natural, Pets | 4 Comments

I received this email from Wysong Friday, February 2, 2009. Please take a look at it and come to your own conclusions.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wysong Corporation
989.631.0009
989.631.9280
Wysong@Wysong.net
www.Wysong.net

NESTLE/PURINA VS THE NATURAL PET FOOD INDUSTRY

Midland, Michigan – Nestec S.A. (better known as Nestle), parent company of Purina, a pet food manufacturer based in St. Louis, Missouri, and Wysong Corporation, a health education and nutritional development company in Midland, Michigan, have filed suits against one another in the Eastern District Federal Court in Missouri.

The suits are related to a technology invented by Dr. Wysong in the early 1980’s to enrobe pet and human foods with probiotics – health giving organisms such as found in yogurt. Although Wysong did not seek a patent, it has used the technology in both animal and human foods since the early 1980s. Due in large part to Wysong’s educational efforts and product development, probiotics have become a part of the collective health consciousness of the public and food industry. Of late, many natural pet food companies have begun using Dr. Wysong’s technology as well.

Nestle/Purina obtained a patent granted in 1999 for the same technology. To this date, however, Purina has not incorporated probiotics in its own products. Instead, it is attempting to prevent Wysong and other companies from enrobing dry extruded pet foods with probiotics unless a licensing fee is paid to Purina.

A patent is not valid if the invention (prior art) exists in the public domain prior to the patent. The evidence of Wysong’s prior art for over fifteen years before the 1999 Nestle patent was granted is, according to Wysong, incontrovertible and ample.  In fact, within the last few years just a portion of Wysong’s prior art evidence swayed a European patent review board to deny Nestle/Purina a like European patent.  The decision was upheld upon appeal.

These facts have been repeatedly made known to, but ignored by Nestle/Purina in their suit filed against Wysong. Purina’s ultimatum is that Wysong either pay sales-based licensing fees (essentially, royalties) going back six years and forward into the future, or pay for expensive patent litigation.

Wysong, a small family owned company, is unwilling to pay licensing fees to the multibillion dollar Nestle/Purina for what amounts to Wysong’s own invention, and consequently now finds itself being sued by a company literally hundreds of times its size. Purina takes the position that since they were granted a patent they have a right to enforce it.

Wysong argues that the patent should have never been granted, is invalid and unenforceable, and that any attempt by Purina to use the threat of litigation costs to force licensing fees is unethical and illegal. Since Wysong publicized and used the technology in products distributed nationally for more than 15 years prior to the patent, Wysong claims that the patent holders copied Wysong art and did not reveal this to the patent office when filing.  Thus, Wysong has either filed or is exploring the filing of claims against Purina for Sherman Act violations/patent misuse, misleading the United States Patent Office, failing to comply with the U.S. Patent Laws, including 35 USC §101-103, 111-113 and 133, improper attempts to monopolize the market, unfair competition, antitrust violations, false advertising under the Lanham Act, state claims for deceptive trade practices, RICO violations, and punitive damages under the Clayton Act.

Wysong Corporation

4 Comments

  1. Nicole
    February 10, 2009

    I have been purchasing Wysong for my rescue cats and dogs (currently 49 cats and 2 dogs), as well as for ferals I feed for a little over 3 years. I have also recommended it to several people, and personally know of more than 80 pets that are fed Wysong foods. They have all had fantastic results. It’s difficult to find a brand of food that that many animals will eat, and none will get sick from, but Wysong is that brand. I have never seen a food make as much of a difference in the health, look, and attitude of an animal as Wysong has. I have seen kittens that the vet didn’t think would survive thrive on this food. Without the help of Wysong, it would be impossible for my family to have taken in as many animals as we have.

    I have created an online petition to support Wysong in their fight against Purina. Please sign it, and add your comments. [url=http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-wysong]http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-wysong[/url]

  2. admin
    February 11, 2009

    Care2 Thanks for posting the petition. I hope you get enough names.
    Mary

  3. Earl
    March 9, 2009

    Take a look here.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090305/0256024006.shtml

  4. Online Poster
    March 9, 2009

    This is just Wysong’s spin.
    Most of it seems untrue or misleading.
    They have the patent and should be able to use it.