Case Studies

Polsinelli partners with management of National pet products company to develop comprehensive legal strategy resulting in acquisition of client at a significantly increased valuation.

Deal Background
As one of the country’s largest pet product companies, Polsinelli's client had determined that it needed to get into the flea and tick pest control market. Pre-existing patents posed a challenge to market entry. Additionally, barriers to entry needed to be established to prevent knock-offs of newly created, successful products.

Deal Process
Polsinelli worked closely with marketing executives, senior management, and formulators to develop an integrated strategy. A four-year process of due diligence, patent drafting, trademark clearance, and product development resulted in successful market entry and product development, and ultimate acquisition of client at a significantly increased value.

After months of review and analysis, a strategy was developed which included:

  • determining which patents related to flea and tick products would expire
  • identifying which patents were invalid, and which patents would be circumvented
  • conducting complex due diligence, creating a patent estate, and advising on packaging

A strategy was developed to patent particular products which would protect the unique pesticide product entry, and guidance was also provided on specific formulations for entry into the market.

More on the Polsinelli – Client Relationship
Polsinelli manages the full range of patent, trademark and clearance, class action, and intellectual property litigation matters on behalf of this national pet products company.