Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gevo's response to SECOND Butamax infringement assertion

Butamax obtained another patent [ U.S. Patent No. 7,993,889 ] on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, and immediately proceeded to sue Gevo in federal district court in Delaware on August 9, 2011. This new case will be consolidated with the one filed in January 2011.

A press release on marketwatch noted Gevo's response:

Pat Gruber, CEO of Gevo states: "We are the leaders in the technology and commercialization of low-cost isobutanol. Unfortunately, lawsuits like this are typical disputes that leaders face. We will vigorously challenge these patents and Butamax's infringement allegations. We believe that these disputes will eventually reveal the superiority of Gevo's innovations in this field. We will continue to lead, keeping the focus on the production of low-cost isobutanol, deploying our technology, and securing additional off-take agreements."

As IPBiz noted previously, there were FOUR (4) pending applications claiming priority to the parent case of Butamax. The potentially very problematic Butamax patent has not yet issued. Stay tuned. If Butamax ever gets its initially filed claims allowed, ....

See earlier IPBiz post
Gevo's response to Butamax infringement assertion re: US 7,851,188

See also post by Holly Jessen


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