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This excerpt taken from the RBCL 10-K filed Mar 14, 2007.

Our business is subject to intellectual property risks.

Patent protection for Nutritional Supplements and our Medical Products generally is impractical given the large number of manufacturers who produce similar products having many ingredients in common. To the extent we deem commercially reasonable, we endeavor to seek trade dress protection for our products, which protection has been sought in the United States, Canada and certain other countries in which we are either presently operating or may operate in the future. Notwithstanding these efforts, there can be no assurance that our efforts to protect our

 

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trade secrets and trademarks will be successful. Nor can there be any assurance that third parties will not assert claims against us for infringement of the proprietary rights of others. Litigation with respect to protection of our intellectual property or claims of others against us could result in substantial costs and diversion of management and other resources and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and operating results.

During 2002, we developed proprietary formulations and manufacturing processes to produce certain raw materials, which are principal ingredients in our leading products. We have not filed for patent protection related to our proprietary formulations or manufacturing processes. Therefore, there can be no assurance that another company will not replicate one or more of our products and thereby adversely affect our business, results of operating results or financial condition.

This excerpt taken from the RBCL 10-K filed Mar 24, 2006.

Our business is subject to intellectual property risks.

Patent protection for Nutritional Supplements and our Medical Products generally is impractical given the large number of manufacturers who produce similar products having many ingredients in common. To the extent we deem commercially reasonable, we endeavor to seek trade dress protection for our products, which protection has been sought in the United States, Canada and other countries in which we are either presently operating or plan to commence operations in the near future. Notwithstanding these efforts, there can be no assurance that our efforts to protect our trade secrets and trademarks will be successful. Nor can there be any assurance that third parties will not assert claims against us for infringement of the proprietary rights of others. Litigation with respect to protection of our intellectual property or claims of others against us could result in substantial costs and diversion of management and other resources and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and operating results.

During 2002, we developed proprietary formulations and manufacturing processes to produce certain raw materials, which are principal ingredients in our leading products. We have not filed for patent protection related to our proprietary formulations or manufacturing processes. Therefore, there can be no assurance that another company will not replicate one or more of our products and thereby adversely affect our business, results of operating results or financial condition.

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