Bayer files lawsuit against China's Jiangsu

16 April 2008 15:28  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Bayer CropScience has filed a lawsuit in China against producer Jiangsu Tian Rong to defend its Chinese patent for herbicide additive mefenpyr, it said on Wednesday.


The company alleged Jiangsu had unlawfully produced mefenpyr in mixture with another chemical and sold the product to local farmers and customers in other countries in Asia, it said.


“Strong patent protection is the basis for our innovation power,” said Christophe Dumont, head of Bayer CropsScience’s herbicide business unit.


“Therefore, we are determined to further enforce our patent rights against illegal producers in China with all the legal remedies at our disposal,” he added.


Bayer recognised the efforts being made by the Chinese government to establish clear rules and regulations for the recognition of intellectual property, Dumont added.


Mefenpyr was marketed in mixtures with the herbicidal active ingredient fenoxaprop-p-ethyl under the brand name Puma and was under patent protection in China and many other countries, the company said.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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