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Trade commission judge reaffirms strength of Ineos Fluor's R-134a patent

Ineos will now pursue Sinochem for damages

Judge Paul Luckern of the US International Trade Commission has confirmed the infringement of Ineos Fluor’s R134a patent by Chinese firm Sinochem.

The decision paves the way for a permanent exclusion order of all Sinochem R-134a from the US, expected to take effect on June 1. 

Ineos Fluor said it now intends to vigorously pursue Sinochem and its customers for damages for patent infringement on all Sinochem R-134a imported and sold in the years leading up to the permanent exclusion order.