Akzo Nobel sues Huntsman in US trade secrets dispute

26 August 2013 18:14  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--A subsidiary of Dutch-based specialty producer Akzo Nobel has sued a former employee and his employer, Huntsman, accusing them of stealing trade secrets and using them as the basis to file patents.

Huntsman declined to comment on Monday because the litigation is ongoing.

Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry filed the lawsuit in US District Court, Southern Ohio District.

Akzo Nobel alleged that the former employee, Alan Stern, worked as a research chemist for the company until 3 January 2003. He left Akzo Nobel to work for Huntsman.

While Stern worked for Akzo Nobel, he learned about products that are used as adjuvants used to make glyphosate-based pesticides, the company alleged. Such information was confidential, and Akzo Nobel required employees to sign non-disclosure agreements, the company said.

Nonetheless, the company alleged that while at Huntsman, Stern filed patents based on work he did at Akzo Nobel.

Any patents should be reassigned to Akzo Nobel, the company said. In addition, Akzo Nobel is also requesting unspecified damages.

By: Al Greenwood
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