SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Act of 1934
Date of Report: June 9, 2009
(Date of earliest event reported)
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
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1300 East Street, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
(Address of principal executive offices including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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|Item 8.01.||Other Events|
OurPets Company announced today that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (U.S. Customs) has ruled that its new model SmartScoop (Registered Trademark) brand of self-scooping litter boxes can freely enter the United States. The Press Release and letter from U.S. Customs are attached as Exhibits 99.1 and 99.2 respectively.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Date: June 9, 2009||OurPets Company|
/s/ Scott R. Mendes
|Scott R. Mendes|
|Chief Financial Officer|
1300 East Street
Fairport Harbor, OH 44077-5573, USA
(800) 565-2695 * Phone (440) 354-6500
Fax (440) 354-9129 * www.ourpets.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OurPets Announces Favorable SmartScoop ® U.S. Customs Ruling
FAIRPORT HARBOR, OhioJune 5, 2009OurPet's Company (OTC BB:OPCO), a growing designer, developer, producer, and marketer of accessory and consumable pet products (www.ourpets.com), announced today that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Customs) has ruled that its new model SmartScoop ® brand of self-scooping litter boxes can freely enter the United States.
This Customs ruling comes after petition by OurPets to ensure that the new model SmartScoop ® was not encompassed by an April 8, 2009 exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that addressed an older model SmartScoop ® and which is currently on appeal before the Federal Circuit. In reaching its determination, Customs found that the new SmartScoop ® does not infringe U.S. Patent No. RE 36,847 held by Applica Consumer Products, Inc. The new SmartScoop ® , distributed since January 2009, was not considered by the ITC and is not the subject of any pending lawsuit.
Dr. Steven Tsengas, PhD, President and CEO stated, We are very pleased with the recent positive SmartScoop ® ruling from U.S. Customs validating the intellectual property embodied in our SmartScoop ® Litter Box. Unfortunately, our competitor continues the process of misrepresenting legal decisions, our products, brand, and reputation in letters to our customers. We are diligently working with current and potential customers to explain that OurPets will continue to timely deliver the new SmartScoop ® and to refine its current products to provide a superior choice in self-scooping litter boxes. Although it has been discontinued, OurPets also continues to defend the older model SmartScoop ® and expects to be fully vindicated on appeal and in related lawsuits. We feel that our competitor is ruthless in its attempt to use its limitless financial position to bully our customers and our Company. We are displeased with these inappropriate, unprofessional and unethical actions and vow to fight diligently to enhance and grow our products and patents.
We are working extremely hard to develop new, exciting, trend setting, innovative pet products, and will continue to, despite our competitors actions. Despite all the distractions over the SmartScoop ® brand products, OurPets financial results continue to grow. Cognizant of the challenges facing consumer spending and overall economic activity, we are confident about our ability to continue to provide pet owners products that answer their needs.
About OurPets Company:
OurPets designs, produces and markets a broad line of innovative, high-quality accessory and consumable pet products in the U.S. and overseas. The SmartScoop ® product line offers the most complete solution to cat waste and odor control and includes the SmartScoop © Self-Scooping Litter Box (patent pending), activated carbon filters, no-touch waste bags, litter box ramps (patent pending), no-stick litter box sprays (patent pending), odor control litter box sprays and Scoop-N-Sift (patented) Investors and customers may visit www.ourpets.com for more information about the Company and its products.
Certain of the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are
the following: business conditions and growth in the industry; general economic conditions; addition or loss of significant customers; the loss of key personnel; product development; competition; risks of doing business abroad; foreign government regulations; fluctuations in foreign rates; rising costs for raw materials and the unavailability of sources of supply; the timing of orders booked; our ability to successfully defend the alleged patent infringement actions against us and the other risks that are described from time to time in OurPets SEC reports.
|-or-||SM Berger & Company, Inc.|
Dr. Steven Tsengas
(440) 354-6500 (Ext. 111)
US. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20229
U.S. Customs and
MAY 28 2009
Sarah Paxson, Esq.
901 Main Street, Suite 7100
Dallas, Texas 75202
Dear Ms. Paxson:
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of U.S. Customs & Border Protections (CBP) recent decision regarding U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Limited Exclusion Order 337-TA-625, In the Matter of Certain Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes and Components Thereof, involving the new model of litter boxes seeking entry that are manufactured or imported by OurPets Company (OurPets), the Respondent you represent in USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-625.
After careful review of the information you, as counsel for OurPets, submitted in your memorandums of April 22 and 24, 2009, as well as the operational samples provided, and the record at the ITC, CBP has determined that the OurPets Company has established by a preponderance of the evidence that OurPets Companys new model of the SmartScoop self-cleaning litter boxes falls outside the scope of the Limited Exclusion Order 337-TA- 625 issued by the ITC on April 8, 2009.
Accordingly, CBP has determined to issue instructions to its ports to permit entry of OurPets Companys new model of the SmartScoop self-cleaning litter boxes.
|Richard Chovanec, Acting Chief|
|Intellectual Property Rights & Restricted|