Gevo wins patent yeast isobutanol process against Butamax

Gevo wins patent for yeast to isobutanol process against Butamax

10:35 AM, 20th November 2012
Gevo wins patent for yeast to isobutanol process against Butamax
Brett Lund, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Gevo.

ENGLEWOOD, US: Gevo Inc said that a decision issued by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Appeals Court) supports Gevo’s position in the patent infringement litigation with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC involving yeast engineered to produce isobutanol.

“In addition to the USPTO rejecting Butamax’s patents and declaring them unpatentable, we now have two judicial decisions supporting our position that Butamax’s ‘889 patent is invalid and that we don’t infringe upon it. If Butamax persists in moving this case to trial, we are even more confident that Gevo will prevail, given the decisions in our favour by the trial court, the Appeals Court, and the USPTO,” said Brett Lund, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Gevo.

The Appeals Court issued its ruling only five working days after the Court heard oral arguments on the matter. “The timely decision was important since it thwarts efforts by Butamax to offset our leadership position in bio-isobutanol and in establishing a very strong intellectual property portfolio surrounding our process technologies,” added Lund.

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