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USPTO Denies Butamax Attempts to Block Patent Review

10:27 AM MDT | April 20, 2012 | Rebecca Coons

Gevo (Englewood, CO) says the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied a request by rival Butamax Advanced Biofuels (Wilmington, DE) for the agency to nullify Gevo’s request that Butamax’s Patent No. 7,851,188 (‘188) be reexamined. Gevo also says the USPTO “simultaneously affirmed its original decision that all claims challenged by Gevo in the ‘188 patent remain rejected as unpatentable.” The USPTO decision is the latest in a year-long patent dispute between the two biobased isobutanol producers. Each has filed a...

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