US court denies Butamax’s bid for injunction against Gevo

20 June 2012 13:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A US court has denied Butamax’s request for a preliminary injunction against Gevo in an ongoing patent infringement dispute between the two US-based renewable chemicals firms, officials said on Wednesday.

Gevo said that the ruling by the US District Court of Delaware replaced a previous order that restricted supplies from its isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota, which started up last month.

The court’s decision means that Gevo is once again free to sell in any market, to any customer, in any region, it said.

The companies are locked in a patent dispute over the production of bio-based isobutanol.

“We are pleased that the first judicial decision in this dispute landed decisively in favour of Gevo,” said Brett Lund, Gevo executive vice president and general counsel.

Lund added that the court ruled that contrary to Butamax’s claims, Butamax did not hold a valid patent and that Gevo was not infringing a Butamax patent.

Butamax said it plans to appeal the court’s ruling.

“This [court decision] is an early step in a long and complex litigation process,” said Butamax CEO Paul Beckwith.

“We remain highly confident in the ultimate outcome of this case and our other cases against Gevo,” Beckwith added.

A full trial of the case has been scheduled for April 2013, Butamax said.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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