Refrigerant manufacturer Chemours has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Japan against Japanese chemical manufacturer AGC over the HFO refrigerant R1234yf.
The lawsuit alleges infringement of Chemours’ patents covering HFO1234yf product compositions and usage in automotive air conditioning and stationary refrigeration applications in Japan.
Chemours and Honeywell hold most or all of the patents issued for HFO-1234yf, although some of these have been disputed and remain the subject of court actions. Honeywell has also taken a number of patent infringement actions in the past year in Europe.
In a statement, Chemours says the action reaffirms its commitment to “vigorously defend” its investment in its Opteon brand low GWP refrigerants “and builds on its on-going efforts to stop the unlicensed manufacture, marketing, and sales of Opteon HFO1234yf (R1234yf) refrigerant by all legal means wherever that activity occurs around the world”.
在一份声明中，科慕声称这次行动重申了其对Opteon品牌低GWP制冷剂投资“大力捍卫”的承诺，在其持续努力的基础上，科慕将通过一切合法手段阻止Opteon HFO1234yf (R1234yf)制冷剂在全球任何地方的无证生产、销售和销售。
“Innovation and product development are at the core of who we are at Chemours,” said Diego Boeri, vice president of Chemours Fluorochemicals. “By protecting our innovation, we are also ensuring our customers have access to the safe and high-quality refrigerants that they have come to rely on from Chemours and the Opteon brand,” he added.
Based in Tokyo, AGC, formerly Asahi Glass Co, is a global glass manufacturing company with additional interests in electronics, chemicals, and ceramics.