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Fight between food ingredients companies

By Ferraiuoli LLC - 09/05/2022

On March 2022, Meatless burger maker Impossible Foods sued competitor Motif FoodWorks in a Delaware federal court accusing the startup of copying its technology for imitating the taste of real meat.

Now, Motif FoodWorks answered by asking the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to revoke the patent held by Impossible Foods protecting the company’s heme technology, which uses soy leghemoglobin -produced from genetically modified yeast- to imitate the taste and aroma of real beef and pork meat.

Motif FoodWorks filed the petition with the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board to ask a panel of judges to review Impossible Foods patent and weigh whether it should be revoked.

Founded in 2011, Impossible Foods is a company that develops plant-based substitutes for meat products. Motif FoodWorks was founded in 2019 as a food ingredients company with technology that enables plant-based and animal-free options to create the meaty taste, appearance and texture.

By Ferraiuoli LLC - 09/05/2022
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Ferraiuoli LLC (FLLC) was founded in 2003 by the late Blas Ferraiuoli-Martínez, Eugenio Torres-Oyola and María Marchand-Sánchez. This group was then joined in 2004 by Fernando J. Rovira-Rullán, thus forming the founding core of FLLC. FLLC has grown exponentially since its founding from a law firm with three attorneys and a support staff of three to its current size of 54 attorneys with a support staff of 38. Also, FLLC has grown from initially being known as an intellectual property and corporate law boutique law firm to a multiservice law firm that handles most matters relevant to a business while continuing to earn praise for its leading intellectual property and corporate practices.

FLLC has been ranked as a leading law firm in Puerto Rico by the professional publication Chambers Latin America in intellectual property, corporate, bankruptcy, labor & employment, real estate, and tax law. Moreover, 17 FLLC partners have been ranked as leaders in their field by the same publication. 4 FLLC partners are ranked as leaders in Intellectual Property, no other firm has more than 2. This recognition in such a short period of time is a tribute to FLLC’s business model.

FLLC prides itself in doing its work faster and more cost-efficiently yet with the same quality as that of its main competitors. The founding name partners are available at all times to attend to client matters. Their work ethic sets the tone for the rest of the firm. FLLC’s founders’ goal has been steady from the outset: become one of the premier multiservice law firms in Puerto Rico.