BP Escapes Biofuel Patent Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (July 8, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT) -- A Delaware federal judge on Monday granted BP PLC’s motion to toss Gevo Inc.'s claims against it in a suit accusing BP and DuPont Co.of infringing a patent for ethanol-alternative biofuel, ruling the biofuels company hadn't shown BP was tied to the allegedly infringing activities.

Last year, Gevo accused Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture of DuPont and BP, of infringing its newest patent for the production of isobutanol, which hadn't been formally issued when the company lodged the suit. The complaint said Butamax was...
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