STONY BROOK, NY (PRWEB) March 19, 2014
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., (OTCQB: APDN), (Twitter: @APDN) (the “Company”), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, announced today that the US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent no. 8,669,079 for the company’s fiberTyping® authentication of cotton-based products.
The patented technology enables forensic identity testing of Extra Long Staple (“ELS”) Cotton, without pre-marking or additional preparation, and has been used successfully for more than five years by a range of large cotton organizations, with hundreds of samples tested including raw cotton fiber, greige yarn and fabric, finished fabrics, garments and other premium cotton-based apparel sold by retailers worldwide. It is currently used by cotton trade organizations, as well as mills based in China, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Peru and the Americas.
The analysis, much quicker than traditional testing methods which can take one to two weeks, determines whether a garment conforms to claims that it contains ELS — often called Pima — cotton. fiberTyping also can determine whether the cotton is blended rather than pure.
The technology allows cotton producers, manufacturers, retailers and brand owners to authenticate the original cotton DNA used in a wide range of cotton products, from bed linen, denim, shirts, and pants to other apparel. Large retail organizations are conducting fiberTyping tests, in large volume, in direct response to the need to assure quality and compliance.
This patented technology opens up tremendous possibilities and industry leadership for Applied DNA Sciences in terms of confirming the authenticity of cotton products, and providing a definitive means for the industry to protect the integrity of their supply chains. Specifically, the benefit of fiberTyping means that:
•Growers can sell more premium cotton
•Manufacturers can produce better quality items
•Retailers can deliver a high quality array of branded products
•Brand owners can ensure quality and reinforce loyalty
•Consumers can make informed decisions to purchase better quality items from brands and retailers they can trust because authenticity can be guaranteed
With the ever-changing demand for cotton fiber, the need for fiberTyping continues to grow rapidly. In December 2013, Applied DNA Sciences announced the successful launch of SigNature® T DNA (external DNA marker) working together with Supima to mark and identify nearly 50 million kgs of raw American Pima at all stages of the supply chain, including finished garments at the retail level. Applied DNA Sciences is championing the use of fiberTyping as a complementary method of authentication providing another layer of forensic evidence to confirm original fiber content.
“This new patent will allow Applied DNA Sciences to help more organizations, especially brands and retailers, as they work to improve, globally, their resilience against counterfeiting, and protect the purity of their supply chains. The number of premium cotton-based products that we are testing that, despite labeling, do not contain any ELS is disturbing, but there is a solution that we know will help improve quality, and assure compliance,” said James A. Hayward, President & CEO, Applied DNA Sciences.
He continued: “fiberTyping enhances the ability of brands and retailers to verify high quality products, and we are gratified that our work has been recognized with a U.S. patent.”
This patent is part of Applied DNA Sciences’ robust intellectual property portfolio which includes 23 issued patents and 36 patents pending, 28 registered trademarks and 2 pending trademarks, along with its confidential and proprietary trade secrets and know-how.
About Applied DNA Sciences
APDN is a provider of botanical-DNA based security and authentication solutions that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. SigNature® DNA describes the uncopyable marker that is at the heart of all of our security and authentication solutions. SigNature DNA is at the core of a family of products such as DNAnet®, our antitheft product, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track and trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence and can be used to prosecute perpetrators.
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