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Green Patent Blog: Novozymes Ethanol Enzyme Patent (Barely) Survives Summary Judgment

In a previous post , I wrote about a patent infringement suit between Danish biopharm rivals Novozymes and Danisco , which are both active in developing enzymes used in production of biofuels. In the suit, Novozymes has accused Danisco of infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,713,723 ('723 Patent) by selling...

Green Patent Blog: Novozymes Wins $18 Million Jury Verdict in Biofuels Enzyme Patent Suit

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...

Green Patent Blog: Butamax Bellicose in Burgeoning Biobutanol Battle

A previous post included a discussion of the latest salvo in the growing green patent war between Colorado biofuels startup Gevo and Butamax , a BP-DuPont joint venture. The rivals both make biobutanol, an advanced biofuel which has some significant advantages over ethanol, including an energy content...

Green Patent Blog: Cofactor Key Factor as Gevo Dodges Injunction

Biobutanol maker Gevo dodged a bullet with a big win last week [June 19th] in its expanding patent war with Butamax Advanced Biofuels (Butamax) (see previous posts here , here , here , here , here , and the post on Butamax's opening shot ). While Butamax did have exactly one week of satisfaction...

Gevo Escapes Equivalents Infringement of Two Butamax Patents

We've been tracking the major biobutanol patent litigation between advanced biofuels company Gevo and BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax, e.g., here , here and here . In a signficant decision , a Delaware federal court judge recently ruled on several motions and cross-motions for summary judgment...

Butamax Avoids Infringement of Two Gevo Patents on Summary Judgment

I’ve been covering the ongoing patent litigation between advanced biofuels company Gevo and BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax over a number of patents relating to methods of producing biobutanol. The lawsuit started in January 2011 with Butamax’s initial complaint filed in federal court...

Butamax Wins on Appeal as Federal Circuit Reverses Enzyme Claim Construction

There’s been another big twist in the biobutanol battle between BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax and Gevo, its arch rival in advanced biofuels. A previous post discussed the district court’s ruling granting Gevo’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement under the doctrine...

More Greenwashing 2.0: Another Biofuels Credit Fraud Scheme Exposed

In previous posts (e.g., here and here ), I’ve discussed cases of fraudulent renewable energy credits and other environmental crimes and argued they ought to be considered greenwashing. A recent indictment is another case in point. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that...

GreenShift Loses Across the Board in Ethanol Patent Case

In a number of prior posts (e.g., here , here and here ), I discussed the series of patent infringement suits brought by GreenShift and its New York subsidiary, GS Cleantech (GS), against a host of ethanol producers across the midwestern United States. The lawsuits involve GS’s patented ethanol...

More RIN Fraud Greenwashers Head to Prison

It was just a few months ago that a blog post reported a criminal defendant pleaded guilty to selling fraudulent renewable identification numbers (RINs). It has happened again, with recent prison sentences for four individuals in Florida who also pleaded guilty to charges related to a scheme involving...