Peter M. Kohlhepp

We represented Valensa, an innovator in the extraction, stabilization, and delivery of botanical extracts, and the University of Illinois in a lawsuit brought against Cyanotech and Nutrex-Hawaii for infringement of a patent covering the use of astaxanthin.  This dispute involved litigation in both the district court and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  In the patent office, we successfully avoided institution of an IPR on a number of challenged claims and prevailed on a number of the claims on which trial was instituted.  Following expert discovery in the district court, the case was settled without trial.  Middle District of Florida (2012-14)