Milwaukee, WI asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Wisconsin

Q: How to know I'm not infringing selling NMN anti-aging supplement? Very complicated patents about mfg, use etc.

At amazon dozens of companies are selling NMN so it appears to be unpatented as a molecule, unlike the competitor NR (nicotinamide riboside) where patent holder ChromaDex claims a monopoly sues others distributing it. Yet google patent pulls up many US and foreign patents - some mfg process and some use for various rejuvenation health claims, so maybe I am blocked in some ways. Suppliers in China may be using a process that infringes US or foreign process NMN patents, & it's unlikely these manufacturers will tell me their full process since it's likely at least part trade secret; even if they do I can't verify, yet have strict liability if part of their process infringes. I plan to distribute only in US but know some intl patents apply so I can't disregard. How do I find out what patents block the ingredient itself, the mfg process or claimed use, to make my product/label for use here in the US? What's that search called? what would it typically cost? Contact me if you offer this!

1 Lawyer Answer
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta

A: Your question is pretty convoluted, impossible to answer here.

You have to consult an attorney.

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