MGP Ingredients has announced that it has filed an action in the Kansas US District Court alleging patent infringement against Manildra Milling Corporation.

The action was filed following Manildra’s recent announcement that it would soon begin offering a new resistant wheat starch referred to as GemStar R70.

MGPI’s complaint alleges that Manildra’s actions infringe on a patent relating to food grade starches resistant to alpha-amylase degradation that has been exclusively licensed to MGPI. MGPI is seeking an injunction and a triple damage award.

“This is a very important patent to MGPI. We produce and market our MGPI FiberStar line of ingredients under it. We intend to protect our patent rights,” said Ladd Seaberg, president and chief executive officer of MGPI.