Former Monk Sues L’Oreal Over Wrinkle Cream Patent

The Associated Press reports:

A former Roman Catholic monk has filed a federal lawsuit against cosmetics giant L’Oreal, accusing the company of stealing patented technology in an anti-aging wrinkle cream that his charity was selling to raise money for the poor.

Dennis Wyrzykowski and his company, Carmel Laboratories LLC, have been joined in the lawsuit by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which developed the technology and licensed it to Carmel in 2009.

According to the lawsuit, the cream, called Easeamine, is made using technology inspired by a discovery by two UMass scientists that adenosine, a chemical compound found in the heart, can promote skin elasticity.

The suit alleges that L’Oreal had been denied patents due to their product’s similarity to Carmel’s, but they went into production anyway. Hit the link to read Wyrzkowski’s shade on L’Oreal.

  • TKW

    I didn’t know God was in the face cream business. #dailyfacial

    • bambinoitaliano

      The Catholic priests are branching out. From creaming the face of children to mass production for the masses for a price.

      • Ah, come on…..the profits – if you can believe him – were going to help the poor.

      • lymis

        Most monks are not priests.

    • Uncle Mark

      Well, the monks used to make great liqueurs. i guess they thought they might diversify. I wonder whatever happened to the Blue Nun.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        A monk invented liqueurs.

    • Uncle Mark

      God creamed A LOT of people off the face of the earth !! I imagine he’d be an expert by now. The real test is how well it moisturizes Lot’s wife.

    • Strepsi
  • William

    Boots No7 is cheaper.

    • Lazycrockett

      I’ll have to check that out I have never heard of it. Ive been using various skin products since I was in my early 20s. So far moisturizing or genetics are doing a good job.

      • bambinoitaliano

        I’ve too been floating around but has settle on Vichy lately. the prices is no more expensive than the over the counter cosmetics on the regular skin care section. In fact with promo and discount, it’s often cheaper than the ever expensive regular Olay and L’oreal lines.

      • fuzzybits

        They sell it at Target or did.

      • William

        Here’s the version for men. The only difference is the fragrance.

        http://us.boots.com/category/brands-no7-men

    • Ernest Endevor

      Old joke. Man trying to buy condoms (rubbers or durex in UK) says everywhere is sold out.
      Friend: Have you tried Boots?
      Man: Yeah, but it seeps out the lace-holes.

    • ByronK

      That’s what I use when I remember to use it.

  • Tawreos

    I wonder how the monk felt when he was finally able to push a product that actually works?

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      At the monastery I go to the products are bourbon fudge, bourbon fruit cake and cheese. Most monks don’t proselytize. Just sayin’.

      • Rambie

        A local monastery where I grew up made the best honey, well, their bees did. 😉

      • ByronK

        At one time, a great uncle of mine was the oldest living Trappist monk in the world. He was at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky. They made Christmas fruitcake and very stinky cheese. He lived well into his 90s sdid his brother who was a priest. The priest was a hockey player with the Flying Fathers her in Toronto and is apparently in the Hockey Hall of Fame. I remember him best for his talking parakeet who would recite prayers. Very surreal seeing a bird say the Hail Mary.

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          That’s the monastery I was speaking of, small world. I know many of the monks and have pretty much free run even in the cloister at times but that part is by permission. I go a few times a year for about 13 years now. They know I’m gay and have never said a word against. Catholicism is practiced more as was intended in the monastery, they don’t proselytize or judge. Anyone can go and will be accepted, given a room and three squares a day, no questions, just respect the silence. Its a beautiful place on 3,000 beautiful acres of KY countryside. The biggest draw for me is that silence is practiced in most places and hardly anyone is on their cell phone and you certainly won’t hear one.

          • ByronK

            I had wondered if it was. I looked at the website and fudge has replaced the stinky cheese. It sounds like a wonderful place to retreat to.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            It is.

          • JCF

            I visited there once: have never forgotten the stark beauty of the chapel (and of course, per my fandom mentioned above, had to make a pilgrimage to Thomas “Father Louis” Merton’s grave).

          • ByronK

            This is kind of cool. I googled and found an newspaper article about his brother, the hockey player. There is a brief mention of him but as Brother Ocso which I think is for The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance meaning Trappists.
            http://images.ourontario.ca/Partners/CKLPL/CKLPL0026574981T.PDF

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            He would have had a name other than OCSO, that would come after the name given to him upon ordination to the order such as in the case of Thomas Merton: Father Louis, OCSO.
            Order Cistercian Strict Observance.

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          I probably have pictures that he may have been in. I have a coffee table size book of its history.

          • ByronK

            His name was Spratt. Either Jack or John I believe. It’s been ages since I’ve thought of him.

        • JCF

          Wow, did he know Thomas Merton? I love that guy. Great writer, true follower of Jesus…

          • ByronK

            I’m sure he probably did. He was in the order for as long as I can remember, certainly during the period Merton was there.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            I have several monk friends who were friends with Thomas Merton.
            Edit: Associates of his, he had no attachments except to God, Mary and Christ.

      • Tawreos

        Then they must know how to cook with alcohol properly. Little bourbon for the fudge, little bourbon for the monk, keeps them to happy to care.

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          Actually, they can’t drink alcohol except on feast days and special occasion with permission from the Abbott. Not saying some don’t sneak some. The reason I first went was by invitation from a monk I heard speak at an AA meeting. (He’s allowed some leeway and travel when it concerns AA.)

  • m_lp_ql_m

    Adenosine, a chemical compound derived from the hearts of living young boys.

    • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

      Hearts? if Catholic priests are involved, think a little lower….

      • m_lp_ql_m

        I just figured they’d finally figured out what to do with parts of the body afterwards.

  • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

    How awful! Now the bishops and priests can’t afford their annual Boytouchers Bacchanalia trips!

  • Jonathan Smith

    wow, not a dRump story pissing me off.
    but i really do not care either……
    here, have some cute https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/476d1a01b50791bddc752683af92132dc020f4c6d9b0c4bb6740554e33fa6975.jpg

    • Lars Littlefield

      If those golden labs were only wearing kilts. (sigh)

      • McSwagg

        Why should they cover their kibbles and bits?

    • JCF

      Teh Kewt!!!!

  • Tulle Christensen

    So they were denied a patent because of prior art and did not try to license the other patent or change their formula? Heads should roll

    • Chris

      What the monk’s lawsuit doesn’t say is that they don’t manufacture the adenosine, nor did they discover it. A chemical manufacturer makes it and sells it to many, many cosmetics firms, including the monk and L’Oreal. Shiseido, La Mer, Erno Laszlo, Katie Somerville, Skinceuticals, Peter Thomas Roth to name just a few all use adenosine in their products, there is even a theory that increasing scalp elasticity will prevent balding, so it is in some shampoos and hair tonics.

      The lawsuit isn’t about the ingredient, but about how is is used in the formulation, and that’s a whole different thing.

  • Cuberly

    OT: Donnie is on tv talking about himself and how honered “they” are for yada yada everything….ugh….oh and here we go, he’s talking about who has supported him all along.

    Is now really the right time to unveil his “tax reform” horseshit?

    • Cuberly
      • JCF

        It’s an unmitigated disaster…and also Harvey.

    • Lazycrockett

      Why the fuck is he talking bout Route 66??? Does he not understand Highways.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Ugh! Making his daughter stand up and be congratulated. Nothing is normal anymore.

    • Lazycrockett

      We are never going to get 4 % growth. These people clapping are morons who do not understand basic economics.

      • Steve Smith

        With Trump in charge, minus 4% would be a good result.

    • Lazycrockett

      He’s moved on. The Hurricane wasnt bout him.

      • bambinoitaliano

        He is thinking how to cash in on that asteroid.

    • Rebecca Gardner
      • Uncle Mark

        How ANYONE can stand listening to him blather about economic statistics is amazing to me, especially when he was claiming last year that under Obama our GDP was actually NEGATIVE. How the fuck did this guy graduate business school…let alone pass an economics class?

        • Steven Jaeger

          It attended WHarton as an undergrad

      • Gustav2

        Ruh Roh

        House Freedom Caucus Chair: We’d Back Funding Bill Without Wall Funding

        Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the leader of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in an interview published Tuesday that most of his group would support a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded even if it lacked funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

        “I don’t want to talk for the entire Freedom Caucus, we haven’t taken a formal position on that, but generally speaking, in talking to a number of my members, if there was a vote for a continuing resolution next week that did not include border wall funding, the majority of those members would be supportive of that,” Meadows said on ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast

        http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mark-meadows-most-freedom-caucus-members-would-vote-funding-bill

      • Xuuths

        And the active GOP sabotage.

      • The_Wretched

        Obama started at -8% GDP.

    • Tor

      His humility is amazing.

      • JCF

        …as he’ll be the first to tell you.

    • clay

      “he’s talking about who has supported him all along.”

      i.e. He’s getting ready to force another resignation.

    • (((GC)))

      Yes. Anything to distract from Russian collusion and meddling in the presidential election!

  • bkmn

    Monk spunk?

    • The_Wretched

      It’s a holy rite for priests. Production of the tangible holy spirit. It’s the folklore on why ghosts in stories like the GhostBusters movies leave slime everywhere.

    • Treant

      That’s on the altar boys.

  • Treant

    OT: Irma just spun up in the Atlantic. It’s another chance for Donnie to shine and Mellie to wear her stripper heels!

    • Tawreos

      Don’t forget the Flotus hat, you can’t pull together the flood outfit with out the Flotus hat.

      • McSwagg

        Is there a matching Flotus vest?

  • Lazycrockett

    “Congress is gonna make a comeback.”

  • Lazycrockett
  • Rebecca Gardner
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  • JWC

    What? What ? Woe ! Hold On! This piece has no relavence.No frame of reference . How does this involve Trump. Could it be there is another world out there? Could that be a patch of blue??

  • Gustav2

    Not that there has been any scandals with one of the principal shareholders of L’Oreal

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liliane_Bettencourt

  • fuzzybits

    Yea,didn’t melonia touch some wet grass with her heels?

    • bambinoitaliano

      No, she just forget to wipe off after serving the shit gibbon his daily requirement of golden shower.

    • Ernest Endevor

      She is a woman of the people.

    • McSwagg

      If she had, she would’ve sunk at least ankle deep based on the condition of my soggy lawn.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Trump is so stupid my head hurts! He just pulls shit out of his ass. Totally making up his own version of history. Fucking Motherfucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • m_lp_ql_m

    U’Nreal!

  • another_steve

    Stories regarding wrinkle creams are of interest to old farts like myself.

    For those of you who live near a Wegmans supermarket (very high gay customer quotient, Wegmans), I use their store-brand night firming cream.

    I like it. My husband says I have nice skin.

    • Ernest Endevor

      You know who else has nice skin? Jared.

      • another_steve

        Plus stocks and bonds and a billion dollars in the bank.

        • Ernest Endevor

          He must be punished. Severly.

          • another_steve

            Yes, and there will be general admittance to those sessions that will take place in my basement.

            I posted the admittance fee schedule yesterday, in one of my, shall we say, more intellectual comments.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Count me in!

          • McSwagg

            I’m sure overwhelming demand will require you to move the event to a much larger venue.

        • BobSF_94117

          All very supple, I’m sure.

        • GayOldLady

          And a prison in his future.

          • another_steve

            For Jared, it will be either me or his cellmate, Bruno the Horny, who is serving a 25 year prison sentence for sexual assault.

            I have this all planned out.

      • bambinoitaliano
        • another_steve

          Jews are the ultimate practical people. We came up with an excuse for eating fried delicacies, like the sufganiyot.

          At Hanukkah, something to do with commemorating the miracle associated with the Temple oil.

          • stuckinthewoods

            okay I had to look that up. It looks like the PA fassnacht (or ‘fawsnot’ in husband-speak) but to me it’s a Berliner Pfannkuchen. Everyone must have a jelly doughnut. We should include them on interstellar space exploration capsules.

          • another_steve

            Thank you. My people also popularized the prune danish.

            A delicacy when done properly, plus it helps come bathroom time.

    • canoebum

      For some reason Wegman’s refuses to open a store near Saratoga Springs. I just don’t get it. I feel oh so deprived. All across central New York and all the way down to Wilkes-Barre PA, but Saratoga…no.

      • another_steve

        One has to shop carefully at Wegmans. Some excellent deals, but be careful.

        The one by me here in Central Maryland gets a lot of gay male customers and young wealthy housewives with screaming kids in tow – both subsets not particularly known to be big on comparison shopping – so the store charges outlandish prices for many of its products.

        But not all of its products.

        The best in my area for a gallon of milk, theirs.

        • stuckinthewoods

          Wegmans just opened stores here and we thought that too, that their mainstay items like milk and eggs were cheap along with a high end. Now we have Wegmans, Kroger, Food Lion, Aldi, Lidl, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Tom Leonard’s, Good Foods, Fresh Market…broccoli is broccoli.
          Some now have broccoli di rape,.. or rapini, which it ain’t.

          • another_steve

            Our Wegmans here features squash and zucchini sliced in 150 different ways and neatly packaged. Who knew veggies could be sliced so imaginatively?

            Wegmans apparently also has a progressive hiring policy, as there are check-out personnel at ours with pink, green, and blue hair. Male and female.

            (Not all those colors on the same check-out person, mind you.)

  • John Ruff

    Because, he’s worth it.

  • Rex

    I just had a mental picture of Mother Teresa in before and after pictures, I’m not right.

  • Duh-David

    “A former Roman Catholic monk…”

    One of my better friends is “a former Roman Catholic monk.” He and his husband are lovely, spiritual, intelligent, giving people, not involved in organized religion. Can we save the Catholic-bashing for when it is deserved.

    • GayOldLady

      Every ex-catholic clergy person I know, and I know quite a few, are terrific people. But you must admit when you’re smart enough to escape catholicism that’s the biggest bash of all against catholicism. I escaped it myself many, many years ago.

    • JCF

      Some are also now Episcopal clergy. And out. And married.

  • Lumpy Gaga
  • Treant

    Not very OT: It helps to take care of your skin from the time you’re young. Avoid sun, if you can, or use a moisturizing sunblock of at absolute least SPF 15. Higher SPF is to your advantage in terms of skin aging. Wear a hat if you can, as well.

    Use soap that contains its own produced glycerin (most bought soap doesn’t, but glycerin soap will), or visit your Friendly Neighborhood Soap Maker for something that works with your skin. And update that every decade or so as your skin will need something with more free oils as it gets older.

    Moisturize. Using anything, really, that doesn’t make you feel like a grease pit.

    That’s why I’m wrinkle-free at 48.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      Same here, 53.

      Edit: it could also be the many, many facials I’ve taken…

    • Karl Dubhe

      I’m 50, wrinkle-free, and I don’t moisturize. until winter comes. 🙂

      I’m going to claim facials as the cause as well. Or maybe it was the overdosing on vitamin E that I did after ripping half of my face off in a bike accident. You should have seen my b/f’s reaction when I arrived 4 hours late…

      “Where have you been!!! … ” then he turned the light on. Still makes me laugh.

      • Treant

        Maybe it is the facials… Because I get those too.

        Your response to your bf should have been, “BRAIIINS! BRAIIINS!”

        No, seriously, let him think the Zombie Apocalypse started without him. It’s either that or find a Phantom mask somewhere, and that’s difficult after an accident.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Oh, lord… That was decades before the zombie movies that are popular today. 🙂 25+ years now.

    • Friday

      Heh, Well, I guess getting cosmetic advice from the boys is apparently an occasional side benefit here. 🙂 (after unpacking some of the fancy hair and skin and soap products pickier friends give me, this looks glyceriney, anyway. :))

      • Treant

        Uh, grrrl. Know, don’t guess. Check the ingredients.

        Although soap (pure soap) doesn’t need an ingredients list, most of us include one. Most of us don’t include glycerin because it’s a post-reaction product and we just list what goes into the pot…

        • Friday

          Oh, it’s in the ingredients; I wasn’t sure what you meant regarding, what was the phrase, somehow inherent, or if it’s added, I assumed it meant. This stuff’s a liquid soap, so who know how they made it. (It’s a Neutrogena product so presumably it’s not junk.) I’ve got this kind of posh and Gothy friend who is very fussy, so passes on things she doesn’t care for for whatever reason. (Probably knowing I throw my money at like tools and things. 🙂 ) Anyway, I never got in the habit of all this liquid soap so it tends to just wait around for me to notice it again. But I’ve been thinking between numerical age and spending more time outside (And national stress) I ought to start making with the Oil of Olay or something again. 🙂

    • I guess I need to start taking better care of myself…51 and have wrinkles on my forehead and starting to get some around my eyes. Doh!

    • lymis

      “Use soap that contains its own produced glycerin (most bought soap doesn’t, but glycerin soap will), or visit your Friendly Neighborhood Soap Maker for something that works with your skin. ”

      I’m sure that was meant to be in English, but sorry, I have no idea what you are saying. Can you explain that somehow that the rest of us might actually be able to translate into shopping advice?

      • Treant

        Look for a glycerin soap (they’re usually clear but hella expensive), or find a local soap maker, who can set you up with a soap that’s correct for your skin. Pro tip: Dove sucks.

        During summer, I use a lard/olive oil base for the extra cleansing (and coconut/lard on my hands after being in the garden for heavy cleansing). During winter, olive/lard (the other way around) for the extra conditioning. There are other considerations, like super-fat levels, but the above covers the basics.

    • agcons

      I’m 58, wrinkle-free, and I don’t do anything (don’t hate me because I’m beautiful). I did choose my parents carefully, though. Oily skin helps too, as grease don’t crease.

  • iambu

    This might be the best lede I’ve ever read.

  • ByronK

    It’s the most effective wrinkle cream, bar nun.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Try a little priest.

    • jmax
  • justmeeeee

    Poor people getting rich from beauty cream? PREPOSTEROUS!!!!

  • MikeinATL

    I bet sales for this product skyrocket!

  • leastyebejudged

    Big corporations act like scumbags and get away with it.

  • PhillyProfessor

    We’ve learned so much about God lately, so much we can teach our children. First we saw how God will bypass individuals who are kind and compassionate, and raise up to lead Our Great Nation a man filled with vanity, lust, insatiable greed, and a passion for personal revenge. You hear that kids? If you want to be favored by God, be a cootie. And now we learn that God helps the poor by by selling rich people anti-wrinkle cream. So the more vain we are, the more we help God. Seems to me that God really loves vanity a LOT more than He’s let on in the past.

  • JT

    Former Monk Sues L’Oreal Over Wrinkle Cream Patent

    “We have been using the formula on ecclesiastical penises for centuries.”

  • GinaVLee

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