ITC Dings Umicore With Lithium-Ion Induced Infringement

By Suevon Lee (December 22, 2016, 7:46 PM EST) -- The full U.S. International Trade Commission has ramped up prior infringement findings against Belgian company Umicore NV, finding it induced the infringement of two U.S. patents through conduct relating to imports of lithium-ion battery materials.

The commission's Dec. 16 order affirmed an ITC administrative law judge's determination that Umicore contributorily infringed patents held by BASF Corp. and UChicago Argonne LLC. But the ITC went even further, saying Umicore induced infringement of the patents, strengthening the ALJ's initial findings.

"We are very pleased that the ITC has confirmed the February 29, 2016, ruling of ITC Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender," Kenneth Lane,...

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