LAVAL, Quebec, July 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. ("Neptune" or the "Corporation") (NASDAQ:NEPT) (TSX:NTB), announces that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied Aker and Enzymotec's (collectively the "Petitioner") request for a rehearing of certain claims in Neptune's '351 patent (U.S. Patent: 8,278,351).
Based on their review of Aker and Enzymotec's petition, the PTAB highlighted that the Petitioner has not shown that the PTAB misapprehended or overlooked any matter, thus reconfirming the validity of the specific Neptune claims.
Under separate royalty agreements with Aker and Enzymotec, royalty payments to Neptune in the US depended on the PTAB's review of certain claims in Neptune's '351 patent. On March 23, 2015 the PTAB issued a favourable decision, confirming the validity of certain claims. This in turn activated on-going royalty payments to Neptune by Aker and Enzymotec. On April 23, 2015, Aker and Enzymotec filed a request with the PTAB for a rehearing of the claims that were shown to be patentable. On July 8, 2015 the PTAB upheld its original decision and denied their request for a rehearing.
About Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc.
Neptune is a biotechnology company engaged primarily in the development and commercialization of marine-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (''PUFAs''). Neptune has a patented process of extracting oils from Antarctic krill, and principally sells omega-3 PUFAs as bulk oil to Neptune's distributors who commercialize them under their private label primarily in the U.S., European and Australian nutraceutical markets. Neptune's products generally come in bulk oil or capsule form and serve as a dietary supplement to consumers. Neptune's head office is located at 545 Promenade du Centropolis, Suite 100, Laval, Quebec.
Through its subsidiary Acasti Pharma Inc. ("Acasti"), in which Neptune holds approximately 48% of the participating and voting rights, Neptune is also pursuing opportunities in the medical food and prescription drug markets. Acasti focuses on the research and development of safe and therapeutically effective compounds for highly prevalent atherosclerotic conditions, such as cardiometabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases. Its lead prescription drug candidate is CaPre®, a purified high omega-3 phospholipid concentrate derived from Neptune krill oil being developed to address the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic disorders, including hypertriglyceridemia, which is characterized by abnormally high levels of triglycerides.
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