Court Ruling Confirms Infringement and Unauthorized Use of HFC-23 Clean Agent Fire Extinguishants
The Provincial Court in Barcelona, Spain, recently held in favor of Chemours on all counts in its appeal to protect and enforce its patent covering the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-23 as a fire extinguishing agent in Spain. HFC-23, sold by Chemours as FE-13™ fire extinguishant, is a clean agent fire extinguishant with zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) that Chemours developed in the early 1990’s to replace ozone-depleting halons in fire prevention and extinguishing applications. As a result of the ruling, users of HFC-23 fire extinguishants in Spain should only buy from Chemours or Chemours authorized companies to avoid the potential of infringing any Chemours patent.
“Enforcement of Chemours patents provides our customers the assurance of consistent quality products which are safe and effective, it ensures continued access to lawfully sourced clean agent fire extinguishants, and it enables our continued investment in new technologies and products for our customers’ use in the future,” said Greg M. Rubin, global business manager, Chemours Fluorochemicals Specialties. “Chemours is committed to protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights for its products globally, and when we secure evidence of patent infringement, we act to stop it.”
The Barcelona Provincial Court specifically held that “NAF S-23”, marketed by Safety Hi-Tech srl to prevent, control or extinguish fires, infringes upon the Chemours patent. The amount of monetary damages to Chemours has not yet been determined by the Spanish court, as this was not the object of these proceedings, but Chemours plans to seek damages for the declared infringement. Although Safety Hi-Tech has appealed the decision before the Spanish Supreme Court, under the Provincial Court’s ruling, only Chemours Fire Extinguishants or Chemours authorized companies are legally permitted to sell HFC-23 as a fire extinguishant in Spain.
For more information about Chemours Fire Extinguishants, visit http://cleanagents.dupont.com.
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