Solutia Patent Infringement Suit Against Asian Companies Dismissed
July 19, 2010
The St. Louis Business Journal reports a federal judge dismissed a Solutia subsidiary’s 2005 patent infringement lawsuit against Chinese and South Korean companies that alleged patent infringement of the St. Louis-based firm’s method for producing a chemical used in tires. The U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio granted summary judgment for Sinorgchem Co. and Korea Kumho Petrochemical Co., Ltd., dismissing infringement claims by Flexsys, a Solutia subsidiary, against the two defendants. Solutia said it is evaluating options for promptly appealing this decision to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Solutia also said it would “continue to vigorously enforce its intellectual property rights” for the patent, which is valid in the United States through June 2011 and in other areas through 2012.