Codexis obtains court order awarding judgment of EnzymeWorks patent case
Codexis on Tuesday secured a federal court order awarding it summary judgment on 10 claims of patent infringement it brought in a lawsuit against Suzhou, China-based EnzymeWorks, Inc. and its San Diego-based affiliate, also called EnzymeWorks, Inc. The court's order establishes EnzymeWorks' uncontested infringement of 10 of Codexis' patents and eliminates any need for a trial on those issues. The 10 Codexis patents cover dozens of engineered enzymes that have wide industrial applicability. In the lawsuit, filed in February 2016 in United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, Codexis sued EnzymeWorks and EnzymeWorks founder Junhua "Alex" Tao for willful infringement of 10 biocatalysis patents and also for trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, interference with business relationships and unfair competition. After nearly 18 months of legal process, EnzymeWorks never contested the infringement charges or challenged the validity of Codexis' patents. This set the stage for District Judge William H. Orrick awarding Codexis summary judgment of patent infringement. The court's order was based on a stipulation in which EnzymeWorks acknowledged that it "has not denied or disputed its infringement" of Codexis' 10 patents, or the validity of those patents. This partial summary judgment order in favor of Codexis is a key milestone in the lawsuit, but additional disputes remain to be resolved at a jury trial.