Honeywell Settles Patent Issue

Honeywell has announced that it has settled out of court with a United States-based company that imported and sold refrigerant products that infringed on Honeywell patents. Amount of the settlement and the name of the infringer were not disclosed.

According to the announcement, the case involved a company importing and selling R-404A and R-408A among other refrigerant products that it received from a foreign broker. The broker claimed to have licenses for these products, a claim that proved to be untrue, according to Honeywell. "In this case the company was a victim of misrepresentation," said David Metcalf, marketing manager for Honeywell Genetron refrigerants. "Therefore, we decided not to publicly disclose its identity."

"We welcome fair and honest competition," said Jeremy Steinfink, business director for refrigerants. "However, we have invested substantial resources in the development of Honyewell's refrigerant patent portfolio. We will take all actions necessary to protect this intellectual property."

He added, "Many wholesalers, contractors, and facility owners appear to be under the mistaken belief that just because they did not actually import the product, they are not liable for patent infringement. In actuality, by reselling or using an infringement product, they are also liable."

For more information, visit www.honeywell.com.

Publication date: 12/06/2004

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