BASF SE and Pancosma SA have taken action to enforce their intellectual property (IP) rights and protect their innovative metal-glycinates by filing lawsuits against potential patent infringers at the district court of Düsseldorf, Germany.
Metal-glycinates are organically bound trace elements such as copper, iron, manganese and zinc. The glycinates offered by BASF and Pancosma are patent protected due to a unique technology. Because of their superior bioavailability, they have an optimal impact on both the animal, in terms of improved vitality and performance, as well as on the environment, with less excreted minerals and trace elements. From a technology perspective, these products are free-flowing granules with excellent mixing properties and dissolve easily in water. BASF and Pancosma are successfully marketing these glycinates for animal nutrition.
Both companies strongly invest in research and development. They respect intellectual property rights of third parties and welcome innovation from other companies that also contribute to meeting the needs of a growing population worldwide. Securing intellectual property rights is an integral part of their innovation strategy. Therefore, they have decided to enforce their IP position against third parties, which in the opinion of BASF and Pancosma are in breach of the existing intellectual property rights.