EU Car Air Conditioner Rules Spark Honeywell IP War

Law360, New York (June 17, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT) -- Chemical manufacturer Arkema Inc. is seeking to invalidate two Honeywell International Inc. patents related to a car air conditioning refrigerant that emits less greenhouse gases than comparable products and will meet new requirements for all new cars in Europe in 2017.

Arkema filed suit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, saying it must resolve the patent issue before it can sell the refrigerant to car makers, which are seeking to enter contracts now due to deadlines in the new European...
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