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November 30, 2009

Sabinsa Corp. Wins Edison Patent Award

U.S. Patent No. 7,063,861; Sabinsa has received the 2009 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in the nutraceuticals category for its patent on GarCitrin. The patent is entitled “Bioavailable Compo-sition of Natural and Synthetic HCA.”

GarCitrin is a patented natural extract combining the weight management benefits of hydroxycitric acid (HCA) with the bioavailability-enhancing effects of garcinol, a polyisoprenylated benzophenone isolated from Garcinia cambogia and Garcinia indica. Garcinol enhances the biological action of HCA and contributes antioxidant activity to the composition.

The Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards are presented by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey. For nearly 20 years, a small group of researchers, engineers, inventors and industry professionals have worked to create a higher-level of public awareness of the many outstanding New Jersey inventors that have impacted society.

Sabinsa received the honor at the Council’s annual fall dinner, held at the Liberty Science Center on Nov. 5.

“We are honored to receive the 2009 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award,” said Sabinsa founder Muhammed Majeed. “We have long held the belief that science and innovation can benefit human nutrition, and it is gratifying to have that commitment validated by this distinguished organization.”

Sabinsa received an Edison Patent Award in 2005 for Cosmoperine, which promotes absorption of actives through the skin, and in 2004 for ForsLean for increasing lean body mass in the weight management category.

Clorox Patents Controlled Release Using Gels

U.S. Patent No. 7,612,029 B2; The Clorox Company has patented a method of making a cleaning substrate. There is a substrate layer comprising a melamine foam and an active layer on the substrate that is created by contacting the substrate layer with saccharinic gum. The substrate layer is contacted with second composition that is comprised of divalent metal ions and their salts, trivalent metal ions and their salts and mixtures thereof.

Shine-Enhancing Film Formers Patented by L’Oréal

U.S. Patent No. 7,611,726 B2;
L’Oréal has been awarded a U.S. patent for a colored cosmetic composition with enhanced shine. It is comprised ofhydrogenated polyisobutene, organic solvent and a coloring agent.

Skin Cleanser

U.S. Patent 7,612,027 B2;
Deb IP Limited, Derbyshire, UK, has patented a skin cleanser made with a methyl-ester of a saturated or unsaturated fatty acid, nonionic surfactants, a thickening agent and water.

Sunscreen Compositions

U.S. Patent No. 7,611,696 B2; DSM IP Assets, The Netherlands, has patented a UVA screening composition comprised of the general formula I or II:
wherein m is 1 or 2; R1 and R2 are identical or different electron-withdrawing groups, or one of R1 and R2 is hydrogen and the other of R1 and R2 is an electron-withdrawing group; R3, R4, R5, and R6 are, independently, hydrogen, alkyl, cycloalkyl or aryl; R3 and R5 and/or R4, and R6 taken together with the carbon atoms to which they are attached, form a 5 or 6 membered ring which is unsubstituted or substituted with one to four alkyl, cycloalkyl or alkoxy groups; X is a moiety R7, when m is 1, and is alkylene or poly(oxyalkyl-ene) when m is 2; and R7 is hydrogen, alkyl, cycloalkyl, alkoxyalkyl or aryl; and a topically applicable, cosmetically acceptable carrier.

Clorox Patent Natural Heavy Duty Cleaners

U.S. Patent No. 7,608,573 B1; Clorox has patented natural heavy duty cleaners. They contain anionic surfactant, hydrophilic syndetic, nonionic surfactant, solvent, hydrophobic syndetic and optionally an organic chelating agent as well as glycerol, pH adjusting agents, calcium salts, boric acid or borate, enzymes, dyes, colorants, fragrances, preservatives, fluorescent whitening agents, blueing agents, defoamers, bleaches, and thickeners. It has a pH of 7-13.

P&G Patents Laundry Additive Sachet

U.S. Patent 7,615,524 B2;
P&G has patented a sachet that has two compartments containing compositions. One is a liquid with a softening ingredient and a suds suppressing system. The other has a non-aqueous liquid matrix of an anionic surfactant and a dye transfer inhibitor or brightener.

Composition Removes Metal Oxide Soil from Surfaces

U.S. Patent No. 7,611,588 B2; Ecolab Inc. has patented a method for removing metal oxide soil from processing equipment used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

The composition, which is applied to the surface in a clean-in-place process, has a pH of 7 or below, an anionic surfactant and a carrier.