on an overall basis, the patent as modified remains an important
part of the Company's intellectual property portfolio and that the
narrowing of the claims of the patent should not have any material
adverse impact on the Company. The Company believes that it is
probable that at least one of the opponents of the patent will
appeal the Opposition Division's decision.
-- New Data Published on Benefits of DHA -- The benefits of DHA
supplementation were recently discussed in several publications:
-- An independent observational study published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association (September 2007) was designed to
determine whether the intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is
associated with the development of Type 1 diabetes in children.
This study was conducted with a cohort of 1,770 children known to be
at genetic risk for developing Type 1 diabetes. Results showed that
the omega-3 fatty acid levels were inversely correlated with the
risk for developing diabetes in this group of at-risk children.
These investigators are further investigating this relationship in
an ongoing clinical trial to determine whether DHA, specifically,
has a role in Type 1 diabetes prevention.
-- A report in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (August 2007)
in the United Kingdom summarized the current knowledge on maternal
diet and human milk fatty acids. The author reviewed data
demonstrating that maternal intake of DHA during pregnancy and
lactation supports neural system maturation in the infant.
-- Results from the European research project PERILIP were published in
the British Journal of Nutrition (November 2007). As previously
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