Fed. Circ. Denies Butamax Appeal In Biofuel IP Fight

Law360, New York (November 16, 2012, 6:17 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday shot down an appeal by BP PLC and DuPont Co. joint venture Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC that sought to stop rival Gevo Inc. from selling an ethanol alternative biofuel, citing a question about the validity of a Butamax patent.

A three-judge panel turned away Butamax's challenge to a Delaware federal judge's denial of a preliminary injunction blocking the alleged infringement of a patent relating to the use of recombinant yeast to make isobutanol, a chemical which can be blended with gasoline-based...
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