Merial, BASF Hit Virbac With Pesticide Patent Suit

Law360, New York (March 19, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT) -- Agricultural chemical companies Merial Ltd. and BASF Agro BV have accused Virbac Corp. of infringing a patent through its testing of a pesticide to control fleas and ticks.

The plaintiffs filed suit Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, claiming that Virbac has infringed a patent for fipronil by conducting several studies of the pesticide and submitting the results of those studies to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The sale of items containing fipronil requires EPA approval, and Merial...
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