Solvay has received confirmation of the validity of its Chinese patent n° 96196505.3 concerning rare earth mixed-oxide materials for automotive emissions-control catalysts, by the Chinese Supreme People’s Court. This decision is final and no appeal is possible.
Solvay announces that the UK High Court has judged that Solvay Patent EP 1435338 relating to certain ceric oxide products to be used in automotive exhaust catalyst, is valid and infringed by Neo activities in the UK. No permission to appeal has been granted at this time.
Solvay has appointed Rodrigo Elizondo as President of Special Chem Global Business Unit, and Michael Finelli as President of the GBU Specialty Polymers.
Solvay has won a patent case against Neo Chemicals & Oxides Europe Ltd. (“Neo”) involving a Solvay material for automotive catalysts. The Regional Court of Mannheim (Landgericht Mannheim) judged that Neo has infringed the German designation of Solvay's European Patent 1 435 338 B1 ("the Patent") by supplying certain cerium oxide materials in Germany.
Solvay successful against Neo in patent battle
Solvay announces today the acquisition of Energain™ Li-Ion high voltage technology from DuPont.
Solvay has completed the sale of its Neolor® business to the Baotou Hongbo Te Technology Co., Ltd. (HBT) as its Special Chem Global Business Unit (GBU) is refocusing its activities on selective high value-added segments in the growing automotive and electronics markets.
Solvay has won two patent cases against affiliates of Neo Performance Materials in Germany and China. Courts in both countries confirmed the validity of a key Solvay patent, which covers a wide range of its OPtalys® cerium/zirconium mixed oxides products.
On October 11th, 2016, the German Federal Patent Court in Munich has confirmed the validity of an amended version of an expired Solvay patent in rare earth mixed oxides, against Neo Chemicals and Oxides.
Solvay affiliates Rhodia Opérations and Anan Kasei have filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales against UK-based Molycorp Chemicals and Oxides (Europe) Ltd on April 13, 2016, claiming infringement of Anan Kasei’s patent EP 1435338 B1 by Molycorp.