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De Beers Subsidiary Starts Legal Action Against IIa Technologies for Patent Violation

Jan 13, 2016 2:10 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Element Six, De Beers' synthetics business, began legal action January 12 in Singapore against IIa Technologies, alleging an infringement of patents.

Some patents for proprietary synthetic diamond products and their manufacturing method have been infringed, in particular Singapore patent numbers 115872 and 110508, Element Six claimed in a statement January 12.

The Singapore-based grower of colorless type-IIa gems is “exploiting Element Six patents for commercial gain,” potentially in both the industrial and jewelry sectors, the statement alleged. The patents in questions related to the production of materials for optical uses such as infra-red spectroscopy and high-power laser optics.

“Element Six has invested hundreds of millions of dollars over more than 50 years to become the world’s leading producer of synthetic diamond material, developing new material to tackle some of science and industry’s most intractable challenges,” the statement said.

“Any use of Element Six patents, without its consent, negatively impacts its ability to get a full return from its investment and undermines its ability to carry out further important research and development.”

Walter Hühn, chief executive officer of Element Six, said synthetic diamond material “can be – and is – produced without infringing our patents,” adding that “this is a straightforward case of patent infringement and, as any company would do, Element Six is taking action to defend its position.”
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