A Garden Grove nonprofit that provides animal blood banks and veterinary diagnostic services is suing Nestle in Santa Ana federal court for copyright infringement.
Hemopet accuses Nestle's Purina PetCare unit of infringing on four patents related to determining nutritional programs for dogs and cats with Purina's Veterinary Diet JM and OM products.
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Hemopet, claiming to have suffered irreparable damage as a result of St. Louis-based Purina's actions, seeks monetary damages, litigation costs, attorney fees and a court order barring further infringement of its patents.
The nonprofit's website states:
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Dr. Jean Dodds started Hemopet's non-profit animal blood bank and greyhound rescue/adoption program in 1986.
Additionally, Dr. Dodds has introduced Nutriscan, a novel, patented food intolerance and canine food sensitivity testing system. This assay system utilizes an important new approach in nutrition--that salivary diagnostics can more accurately identify the foods to be avoided rather than focus on those less like to be reactive.