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Honeywell Patent Violated

9:56 AM MDT | June 20, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Honeywell says that customs authorities in Taranto, Italy seized 21 containers of air conditioning equipment charged with R-410A, Honeywell’s patented refrigerant made of difluoromethane and pentafluoromethane. Use of R-410A in the confiscated equipment, shipped to Italy from a Chinese manufacturer, violates Honeywell’s patent, as it was not licensed from a certified vendor, Honeywell says. The Chinese producer has agreed to “cooperate with Honeywell moving forward to identify and abate intellectual property...

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