ORLANDO — A Canadian clinical research company that does business in Orange County, Florida, is suing a Canadian competitor that also has offices in Florida, alleging copyright infringement.

KGK Synergize Inc., a clinical and research company, filed a lawsuit Dec. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division against Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc., alleging unauthorized distribution of intellectual property.

According to the complaint, in 2015, KGK Synergize authored a study proposal that investigates the safety of astaxanthin in dogs, and was awarded registration of the study proposal by the U.S. Copyright Office on Nov. 3. However, also in 2015, the suit says, KGK provided AstraReal Technologies Inc. a copy of the study proposal for a possible business endeavor.

The lawsuit states AstraReal and/or a former employee of KGK has also maliciously provided its direct competitor, Nutrasource Diagnostics, with a copy of the study proposal, which the defendant copied, distributed and used without authorization in making a proposal to AstraReal. 

The plaintiff alleges Nutrasource Diagnostics obtained profit at the expense of KGK's hard work, reputation and business, and failed to honor the plaintiff's rights to its intellectual property.

KGK Synergize seeks trial by jury, preliminary and permanent injunction, attorney fees, constructive trust, court costs and all other relief the court deems just. It is represented by attorneys Leon N.Patricios of Zumpano Patricios & Winker PA in Coral Gables, by Vito A. Gagliardi Jr. of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman PC in Morristown, New Jersey, and by Kevin M. Bell of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman PC in Washington.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division Case number 16-cv-02079

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