MUMBAI, India, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dorf Ketal Chemicals India Private Ltd. (Dorf Ketal)—a global leader in the oil and gas industry and an established global supplier of fuel additives following the acquisition of UOP Refining Chemicals' Fuel Additive business in 2001—announces its exception to recent claims made by Infineum regarding recent intellectual property rulings in South Korea.
In contrast to Infineum claims, the litigation process in the complex South Korean process is not completed. Dorf Ketal did not fight the Supreme Court's decision referenced by Infineum because the Infineum patent was expired and Infineum had not sought damages at the time. One positive result due to the invalidation suit filed by Dorf Ketal was that Infineum significantly narrowed its claims from the earlier very broad claim in its Korean Patent. The infringement suit referenced by Infineum is pending at the District Court level. Dorf Ketal has filed a new invalidation suit based on multiple pieces of strong new prior art and is confident of a favourable decision. Additionally, Dorf Ketal has appealed the Korean Trade Commission (KTC) ruling and expects it will be cancelled. It is also important to note that these disputes are local to South Korea. Infineum requested Dorf Ketal to drop prior invalidation actions in Singapore, as the patent was close to expiry. Korea is the only country in the world where there is any conflict on this issue between the two companies.
"Dorf Ketal is a leading player in the growing Global Lubricity Additive market and is fully committed to supplying and supporting the use of its special grades of lubricity additives in ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) produced by its Korean customers," commented Mr. Sudhir Menon, Chairman and Managing Director of Dorf Ketal. "Technical innovation, customer technical service, and intimate industry knowledge to quantify and deliver value for our customers is how Dorf Ketal competes. We are making excellent progress in strengthening these attributes in our global fuels additives business."
About Dorf Ketal
Dorf Ketal Chemicals India Private Ltd. (www.dorfketal.com) is a privately owned specialty chemical company based in Mumbai, India with operations in the Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, South America and North America. Dorf Ketal is the industry's fastest-growing provider of formulated specialty chemicals to upstream and downstream hydrocarbon markets and the market leader in organometallic catalysts and cross-linkers serving a broad range of applications and industries. The firm's core strategic focus on new chemistries is reflected in numerous patents and industry recognition for innovation to solve our customer's most demanding problems.
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