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LIFEFACTORY, INC. WINS CHALLENGE AGAINST ITS UTILITY PATENT

Innovative Consumer Goods Leader Asserts Patent for Silicone Sleeve Protection of Containers

SAUSALITO, CA (August 18, 2016) – Lifefactory, Inc. today announced a ruling by the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board confirming the validity of the brand’s Utility Patent No. 8,579,133, which covers Lifefactory’s innovative sleeves and wraps for protecting containers.

Leapfrog Product Development, the company behind the Ello and Zulu water bottle lines, filed a petition seeking to invalidate Lifefactory’s patent.  Ultimately, the USPTO ruled heavily in favor of Lifefactory, determining that 13 of the brand’s 21 patent claims were valid.

“Lifefactory takes our retail partnerships very seriously and this utility patent win is a huge success for us,” said Roy Mabrey, CEO of Lifefactory.  “We owe it to our consumers and key partners to protect the integrity of the Lifefactory brand, its products and corresponding innovations.  We will continue to defend the integrity of the category we created to ensure our customers continue to receive high quality products they can trust.”

The USPTO ruling stated that Lifefactory provided strong evidence that the inventive features have driven significant commercial success and garnered notable industry praise.

Lifefactory has been awarded numerous design and utility patents and has additional patents pending in the U.S. and internationally. For additional information, please visit http://www.lifefactory.com/ip.

ABOUT LIFEFACTORY, INC.

Lifefactory designs healthy solutions for modern life.  The Company brings the purity of glass, the protection of silicone, and the power of color to a full line of products designed for everyday use by healthy families.  Lifefactory started with baby bottles, and has grown to include iconic adult water bottles, wine and beverage glasses and oven-friendly food storage.  All components are made in North America or Europe.  The Company is privately held and headquartered in Sausalito, CA.  Learn more at http://www.lifefactory.com.

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LIFEFACTORY, INC. CLOSES $5M GROWTH EQUITY FINANCING

Financing Led by Silas Capital to Accelerate Momentum of Fast-Growing Consumer Goods Brand

SAUSALITO, CA (AUGUST 26, 2015) – Lifefactory, Inc., one of the fastest growing housewares companies in the U.S., today announced that it has closed a Series C growth equity financing of $5 million.  The round was led by Silas Capital, with a $4 million investment, and participation from all major shareholders: Greenhouse Capital Partners, dCapital, FOFM and Big Sky Partners.

The latest round of financing comes as a result of the sustained expansion and performance of Lifefactory’s business, and will be used to further the brand’s continued impressive growth. The Company has increased revenue by over 750% in the last five years and has been profitable since 2012. The capital will be used to expand the team, accelerate product development and build the brand.

Lifefactory is a pioneer in reusable glass water bottles, baby bottles, and food storage solutions. Its products are made in the U.S. and E.U., and are available in over 3,000 premium retail locations and in over 20 countries. Retail partners include Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond and Whole Foods Market. Lifefactory’s glass water bottles have been bestsellers in Whole Foods Market, as well as in the broader natural and specialty channel, for consecutive years.

“We believe we have a significant opportunity to help our customers live healthier and happier lives,” said Roy Mabrey, CEO of Lifefactory, Inc. “We have expanded from an initial line of baby bottles to a full assortment of product for happy, healthy families and believe we can leverage our brand platform to continue to deliver dramatic growth globally,” continued Mabrey.

 Along with this financing, Carter Weiss, a Managing Partner of Silas Capital, will join the company’s Board of Directors. “The demand for healthy lifestyle brands, especially authentic ones like Lifefactory whose products are made from exceptionally high-quality materials, will continue to grow,” said Carter Weiss.  “Lifefactory has great retail partnerships and strong patent protection for their innovations. They’ve also built a uniquely trusted brand with loyal and passionate customers. We are excited to be a partner to help them unlock their potential as a global brand,” added Weiss. 

ABOUT LIFEFACTORY, INC.

Lifefactory designs healthy housewares solutions for modern life. The Company brings the purity of glass, the protection of silicone, and the power of color to a full line of products designed for everyday use by healthy families. The Lifefactory line began with baby bottles, and has grown to include iconic adult water bottles, wine and beverage glasses and oven-friendly food storage. All components are made in North America or Europe. The Company is privately held and headquartered in Sausalito, CA. Learn more at http://www.lifefactory.com.

ABOUT SILAS CAPITAL

Silas Capital is an early-stage private equity firm investing in the next generation of consumer brands. Formed in late 2011 by former consumer products entrepreneurs and investors with a long track record of success across consumer, retail, and Internet sectors, the firm differentiates itself by being one of the few experienced firms that specialize in early-stage consumer products and retail companies. The firm's investments range from healthy food companies like Pasta Chips and Bare Snacks to fashion brands such as Proenza Schouler in its growth-equity portfolio, to venture capital breakouts like Casper, Ringly and Tracksmith in its venture portfolio. Learn more at http://www.silascapital.com.

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LIFEFACTORY, INC. SUES COMPANY FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT

Innovative Consumer Goods Leader Asserts Patent for Silicone Sleeve Protection of Containers

SAUSALITO, CA (July 21, 2014) – Lifefactory, Inc. (http://www.lifefactory.com), the leading provider of mobile glass solutions for modern life, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Leapfrog Product Development LLC, the manufacturer of the Ello and Zulu water bottle lines, for offering for sale, selling, and distributing reusable glass bottles with protective silicone sleeves in violation of Lifefactory’s patent. The company’s lawsuit alleges infringement of Utility Patent No. 8,579,133, which covers Lifefactory’s innovative sleeves and wraps for protecting containers.

The lawsuit, filed in United States District Court, Northern District of California, represents Lifefactory’s dedication to protecting its brand while issuing a warning to others attempting to or planning to infringe on its innovations. The lawsuit is the largest and most significant to date brought by Lifefactory, and is part of the company’s ongoing proactive efforts to combat the unlawful production, distribution, and sale of products that infringe on its valuable intellectual property rights.

 “Lifefactory’s patent portfolio represents years of hard work and showcases our commitment to innovation on behalf of our customers,” said Roy Mabrey, C.O.O. of Lifefactory, Inc. “Putting our utility patent into full effect will allow our retail partners and consumers to be able to purchase high-quality products they can trust without confusion.”

 Lifefactory has been awarded numerous design and utility patents and has additional patents pending in the U.S. and internationally. For additional information, please visit http://www.lifefactory.com/ip.

ABOUT LIFEFACTORY, INC.

Lifefactory is the leading provider of mobile glass solutions for modern life. The Company brings the purity of glass, the protection of silicone, and the power of color to a full line of products designed for healthy families. Lifefactory’s materials are free of all known harmful substances including BPA/BPS and phthalates. All components are made in North America and Europe. All products are dishwasher safe. The Company is privately held and headquartered in Sausalito, CA.

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LIFEFACTORY, INC. ANNOUNCES UTILITY PATENT GRANTED BY U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Innovative Consumer Goods Leader Receives Patent for Silicone Sleeve Protection of Glass Bottles

SAUSALITO, CA (December 11, 2013) – Lifefactory, Inc. (http://www.lifefactory.com), the leading provider of mobile glass solutions for modern life, today announced that it has received issuance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for utility patent number 8,579,133 on November 12, 2013.

The grant of this utility patent recognizes Lifefactory’s innovative sleeves and wraps for protecting containers. A full and detailed description of the patent is available at http://1.usa.gov/18MAHDA. The patent protects Lifefactory’s current range of glass bottles for babies, children and adults as well as future category expansion.

Lifefactory was the first to wrap glass bottles in protective silicone sleeves when the Company launched a baby bottle line in 2007. It was also the first to market when the Company launched its adult range of bottles in 2010. The granting of the patent will allow Lifefactory to maintain its commitment to high-quality, responsible manufacturing without compromise while protecting its brand and innovative products on behalf of its retail partners and stakeholders.

“We believe this is major news for all of our wholesale partners and retailers interested in entering the mobile glass market,” said Roy Mabrey, COO of Lifefactory, Inc. “Lifefactory’s premium products are made in the U.S. and Europe using the highest quality materials available. With this utility patent in effect, retailers and consumers will be able to purchase products they can trust without confusion. We will be aggressively defending our business to ensure that our partners and customers continue to have high-quality products to offer consumers.”

 For its innovation, Lifefactory has been awarded numerous design and utility patents and has additional patents pending in the U.S. and internationally. For additional information, please visit http://www.lifefactory.com/ip.

ABOUT LIFEFACTORY, INC.

Lifefactory is the leading provider of mobile glass solutions for modern life. The Company produces a full line of Safe, Simple and Smart products. Safe: We rely on trusted core materials such as glass and silicone. Our materials are free of all known harmful substances including BPA/BPS and phthalates. Simple: All products are easy to use and dishwasher safe–no instruction manuals needed. Smart: Interchangeable tops and reusable bottles come together to form a complete system. The Company is privately held and headquartered in Sausalito, CA.