US Butamax welcomes court order limiting Gevo isobutanol deliveries

13 June 2012 14:04  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US biobutanol firm Butamax Advanced Biofuels on Wednesday welcomed a court order that limits deliveries of rival Gevo amid an ongoing patent dispute between the two companies, it said.

Butamax said that the US Federal District Court in the District of Delaware issued an order that will restrict, effectively immediately, Gevo’s deliveries from a bio-based isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota, which Gevo started up last month.

Citing the order, Butamax said that Gevo “shall not deliver, provide, distribute, ship, release, or transfer in any way bio-based isobutanol produced at Gevo's Luverne facility from recombinant yeast microorganisms to any third party for any use or purpose, except that it may sell its bio-based isobutanol produced at the Luverne facility to Sasol for chemical applications and the US Air Force for jet fuel testing applications”.

Butamax CEO Paul Beckwith said that the order “provides protection for markets of key interest to Butamax” in the patent dispute between the two firms.

A Gevo media official could not immediately be reached for comment.

Butamax is a joint venture between DuPont and BP.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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