06 October 2017
The Infineum group was a pioneer in the diesel fuel lubricity additive business, a position we proudly continue to this day through ongoing investment in leading edge R&D. Infineum R655, one of the leading products in the field, was invented by Infineum scientists in the 1990s and has been sold with demonstrated field performance for many years, to customers around the world.
Consistent with our Technology Leadership in this area, Infineum has built a strong intellectual property portfolio around this product. We believe that this intellectual property brings significant value to the additives industry and we work hard to ensure that this is respected by others in the industry.
With this in mind, Infineum today announced that the Korean Supreme Court recently upheld the validity of an important Infineum diesel fuel lubricity patent and that the Korean Trade Commission (KTC) ruled soon thereafter that a competing Dorf Ketal product, SR-2010, infringed this patent. The KTC imposed the largest fine the KTC has ever issued for this kind of case. Infineum has now filed a claim for monetary damages which is proceeding in the Seoul Central District Court.
We are extremely pleased with the Korean Supreme Court and KTC decisions,” said Shee-Young Kim, Infineum’s Fuels Global Manager. “Infineum is a technology leader in the additives industry, and these decisions attest to the high level of innovation in our diesel fuel lubricity additive technology. Infineum invests significant time, resource and expense to develop great products for our customers, and we will continue to vigorously defend the validity of and enforce our intellectual property rights.