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Star Scientific Announces Allowance of Patent Claims Covering Products for Weight Loss and Reduction in Tobacco Use


Star Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGX) announced that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for claims covering a product formulation that, among other uses, assists in weight loss and also the reduction of tobacco use. Application No. 12/826,985, entitled "Nutritional Product Containing Anatabine and Yerba Mate," describes and claims compositions containing a combination of anatabine and yerba mate, as well as the uses of those compositions for assisting in weight loss and in curbing the urge to use tobacco.

The Notice of Allowance was issued on July 3, 2012, to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, the company's wholly owned subsidiary. As is typical in the patent examination process, the Notice of Allowance was issued after the company satisfactorily responded to two prior USPTO office actions. A written patent will be issued by the USPTO within the next several months.

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