Novozymes Escapes $7.5M Verdict In Ethanol IP Fight

By Matthew Bultman (May 31, 2018, 8:02 PM EDT) -- Novozymes A/S escaped a $7.5 million jury verdict in a patent case over technology to control deposits in plants that turn corn into ethanol, after a Wisconsin federal judge invalidated parts of the patents Novozymes was found to have infringed.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson said in a May 25 ruling that the disputed claims in U.S. Water Services Inc.'s patents were anticipated by an earlier invention. This comes after jurors in October found the patents were valid and that Novozymes owed $7.58 million for infringement.

"Novozymes met its burden to show that the patents-in-suit were anticipated," the judge wrote. "No...

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