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Chinese court rules in favor of Solvay in patent casef iled by Zhejiang Fluorine Chemical New Material

July 08/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chinese court has ruleed in favor of Solvay in patent case, according to the company's press release.

On February 2, 2021, the Patent Reexamination Board of the Chinese Patent Office ruled in Solvay's favor on a patent invalidation case filed by Zhejiang Fluorine Chemical New Material Co. Ltd. (Fluorine) against a patent pertaining to certain polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) materials specifically tailored for use as binders or separator/separators components in batteries, and to method of making the same.

The Guangzhou IP Court had already accepted last May 2020 a claim by Solvay that Fluorine was infringing Solvay's patent No. 200880019571.2 by supplying Zheflon FL2100 PVDF material and using the patented process in China. The infringement action had been stayed by pending the decision of the Patent Reexamination Board.  As validity has now been conclusively established, the infringement proceedings before Guangzhou IP Court have been resumed. Solvay will seek injunction prohibiting Fluorine from exploiting the infringing PVDF Materials, and will seek damages for the infringement.

As MRC informed before, in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF  enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASFs position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.

We remind that Russia's output of chemical products rose in March 2021 by 5.4% year on year. Thus, production of basic chemicals increased year on year by 6.7% in the first quarter of 2021, according to Rosstat's data. production of polymers in primary form was 958,000 tonnes versus 861,000 tonnes in February. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 2,740,000 tonnes in the first three months of 2021, up by 8.5% year on year.

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering  better life. The Groups innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the worlds top three companies for the vast majority of its activities.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, crude and gaz condensate, ethylene, batteries, petrochemistry, adhesives, poliamid, BASF, Solvay, China.
Category:General News
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