Gilbert + Tobin has represented German chemical giant BASF (formerly Ciba) in an innovation patent litigation regarding BASF’s Rheomax™ technology for treatment of mine tailings.
The longstanding case against competitor SNF has been resolved after BASF’s innovation patents, which expired in 2012, were found by the Federal Court to be valid and infringed by SNF. SNF agreed to pay BASF a total of AUD 3.753 million in respect of its infringements and legal costs. The parties continue to be in dispute regarding SNF’s oppositions to the grant of BASF’s related standard patents. Patent litigation partner John Lee lead the case for BASF.