has settled a patent infringement lawsuit it filed earlier this year against Trustchem
Co., Ltd., also known as Jiangsu Trustchem Chemicals Co., Ltd., in China. Under
the terms of the settlement, Trustchem will pay monetary compensation and make
a public apology to DuPont for losses resulting from Trustchem actions. Financial
terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
initiated the lawsuit in the Nanjing, Jiangsu Province in March in response to
illegal Trustchem sales of agricultural products containing rimsulfuron, which
are protected by a DuPont patent in China. Rimsulfuron is an active ingredient
in crop protection herbicides that are marketed around the world under the Titus®,
Matrix® and Resolve® trademarks.
lawsuit represents part of an ongoing DuPont Crop Protection program to protect
its intellectual property rights worldwide. Based on these investigations, DuPont
has filed similar patent infringement actions against several other companies,
issued numerous "cease and desist" letters and is actively investigating
several other businesses in China that are suspected of violating DuPont patents.
aggressively protects its intellectual property and will enforce its rights to
prevent counterfeiting of its product, infringement of its patents and trademarks,
theft of its trade secrets and other illegal activities," said Glen Baldwin,
lead counsel for DuPont Crop Protection. Through vigorous enforcement of its intellectual
property rights, DuPont intends to preserve the value of its proprietary products
and protect the best interests of its customers, particularly growers who have
come to rely on the quality of DuPont products.