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Splenda (pronounced / spl nd /) is the commercial name and registered trade mark of a sucralose-based artificial sweetener derived from sugar, owned by the British company Tate Lyle. Sucralose was discovered by Tate Lyle and researchers at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, in 1976. Tate Lyle subsequently developed sucralose-based Splenda products in partnership with Johnson Johnson subsidiary McNeil Nutritionals LLC. Since its approval by the United States government in 1998 and introduction there in 1999, sucralose has overtaken Equal in the $1.5 billion artificial sweetener market, holding a 62 market share. According to market research firm IRI Splenda sold $212 million in 2006 in the U.S. while Equal sold $48.7 million. In April 2009, the International Trade Commission closed a patent infringement case that will permit Chinese manufacturers to produce copycat versions of Splenda products which will be sold under different brand names. Splenda is available in granular and tablet form.