Ingevity files suit against BASF for infringing on canister systems patent
Ingevity has taken proactive steps to protect and defend its patent covering canister systems used in the control of automotive gasoline vapor emissions.The company today brought a range of legal actions against two companies - BASF Corp., Florham Park, New Jersey, and MAHLE Filter Systems North America, Inc., Murfreesboro, Tennessee - alleging patent infringement. Ingevity's patent covers certain canister systems designed to achieve gasoline vapor emission levels that comply with the most stringent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 3 and California LEV III regulations. Ingevity's patent rights preclude third parties - including competitors, suppliers, testing facilities and automotive original equipment manufacturers - from engaging in development activities, such as prototype creation, testing, marketing and qualifying, during the life of the patent which is set to expire in March 2022. "Ingevity has invested and is continuing to invest significantly in our automotive gasoline vapor emission control technology," said Michael Wilson, Ingevity's president and CEO. "Our leadership and expertise in this application are unique and it's incumbent upon us to defend our innovations against infringement - including premature development activity - for the benefit of our customers and shareholders. What's more, we continue to build new capacity and develop new patented technologies to help solve our customers' challenges just as we have successfully done for the past four decades." Ingevity's suit against BASF, filed in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware, alleges that BASF is infringing Ingevity's patent through the development and marketing of a product that would presumably compete with Ingevity's "honeycomb" technology. Ingevity's suit against MAHLE, filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, also alleges that MAHLE has engaged in development activities, as well as the manufacture, marketing and sale of infringing canisters. "We remain confident in the strength of our intellectual property, including this patent and our other patent-protected technologies," said Wilson. "As such, we remain confident in the short- and long-term outlook for this business."