Bayer protects European imidacloprid patent
Bayer CropScience has won an out-of-court settlement from three “infringers” of its European patent for the insecticide, imidacloprid. The company brought the action against the Chinese company, Eastsun Chemical (Shanghai), Spanish firm Roots Ingenieros (Roquetas del Mar) and UK company Agropharm (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) for illegally selling imidacloprid produced in China to customers in the EU and elsewhere. They agreed to pay Bayer financial compensation for their infringing activities and also in relation to its legal costs. The case shows Bayer’s commitment to defend its intellectual property rights, the company says. It was successful in penetrating the entire supply chain from the manufacturer of the infringing product in China through its distribution chain in the EU and on to end customers and users, it adds.