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Butamax wins patent dispute against Gevo on alleged infringement of its biobutanol technology [Registered]

Butamax, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, won a lawsuit against Gevo, who had alleged that Butamax had infringed its biobutanol production technology patents. Biobutanol is superior to ethanol – it is as energy dense as gasoline, it is more compatible with existing fuel infrastructure, especially pipelines, and it can be blended with gasoline at higher concentrations compared to ethanol. In an order issued on 26 July, US District Court Judge Sue Robinson decided that Butamax had not infringed two patents – 8,017,375 (‘375) and 8,017,376 (‘376) – owned by Gevo. In a further ruling, the Court also granted…

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