In previous posts I discussed the patent infringement suit brought by Danish biotech Novozymes against its rival Danisco (recently acquired by DuPont).
Specifically, Novozymes sued Danisco in May 2010 in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,713,723 ('723 Patent).
The '723 Patent is entitled "Alpha amylase mutants with altered
properties" and is directed to variants of certain alpha amylases that
exhibit altered stability under high temperatures, low pH and other
conditions. The patented variants can be used for starch conversion in
In May 2011 the court denied Danisco's motion for summary judgment of invalidity, ruling that the defendant did not meet its burden of proving insufficient written description as a matter of law.
Shortly thereafter the court granted partial summary judgment that
Danisco's Spezyme Alpha WB, GC 133, and Clearflow WB enzyme products
infringe the '723 Patent (Novozymes_Infringement_Order).
The jury recently awarded Novozymes about $18.3 million in damages
for the infringement, including $16.7 million for lost profits for
certain enzyme products and $1.6 million in reasonable royalties for
other products for which Novozymes did not prove lost profits (Novozymes_Verdict).
The jury further found that Danisco's infringement of the '723 was
willful, although it found Novozymes did not prove infringement of
Danisco's whole broth products.
Biofuels patent litigation has been heating up recently. GreenShift
has been the most active, asserting an ethanol processing patent against
a host of ethanol producers in eleven cases consolidated in Indiana.
There has been tremendous growth recently in enzymes, processing
technologies, and genetically-engineered microorganisms for biofuels.
Like those microorganisms, I'm sure the green patent battles will
continue to multiply.
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