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Nestle Purina PetCare Sued by Garden Grove Nonprofit Hemopet for Copyright Infringement


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 [4]states:

Dr. Jean Dodds started Hemopet's non-profit animal blood bank and greyhound rescue/adoption program in 1986.

Later:

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.

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