Jul 19, 2018
Ingevity moves to protect gasoline vapor emission control technology patent
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., July 19, 2018 – Ingevity Corporation (NYSE:NGVT) has taken proactive steps to protect and defend its patent covering canister systems used in the control of automotive gasoline vapor emissions (Patent No. RE38,844). The company today brought a range of legal actions against two companies – BASF Corp., Florham Park, New Jersey, and MAHLE Filter Systems North America, Inc., Murfreesboro, Tennessee – alleging patent infringement.
Ingevity’s patent covers certain canister systems designed to achieve gasoline vapor emission levels that comply with the most stringent U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 and California LEV III regulations. Ingevity’s patent rights preclude third parties – including competitors, suppliers, testing facilities and automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – from engaging in development activities, such as prototype creation, testing, marketing and qualifying, during the life of the patent which is set to expire in March 2022.
“Ingevity has invested and is continuing to invest significantly in our automotive gasoline vapor emission control technology,” said Michael Wilson, Ingevity’s president and CEO. “Our leadership and expertise in this application are unique and it’s incumbent upon us to defend our innovations against infringement – including premature development activity – for the benefit of our customers and shareholders. What’s more, we continue to build new capacity and develop new patented technologies to help solve our customers’ challenges just as we have successfully done for the past four decades.”
Ingevity’s suit against BASF, filed in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware, alleges that BASF is infringing Ingevity’s patent through the development and marketing of a product that would presumably compete with Ingevity’s “honeycomb” technology. Ingevity’s suit against MAHLE, filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, also alleges that MAHLE has engaged in development activities, as well as the manufacture, marketing and sale of infringing canisters.
“We remain confident in the strength of our intellectual property, including this patent and our other patent-protected technologies,” said Wilson. “As such, we remain confident in the short- and long-term outlook for this business.”
The automotive gasoline vapor emission control products are part of Ingevity’s Performance Materials segment which has manufacturing facilities in Covington, Virginia; Wickliffe, Kentucky; Waynesboro, Georgia; Changshu, China; and Zhuhai, China. Ingevity estimates that globally approximately 8 million gallons of gasoline are captured and recovered by the company’s activated carbon products every day.
Ingevity: Purify, Protect and Enhance
Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,600 people. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NGVT). For more information visit www.ingevity.com.
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