Butamax admits Gevo does not infringe and trial not needed
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - March 21, 2013 - Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), announced today that a judgment of non-infringement will be entered for Gevo following the acknowledgment by Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC (Butamax) that Gevo does not infringe Butamax's asserted patents under the Court's construction of a key claim term in Butamax's Patent Nos. 7,851,188 and 7,993,889. As a result of this victory, a judgment of non-infringement will be entered in Gevo's favor and the trial scheduled for April 1st will no longer take place.
"This is an outstanding victory for Gevo," noted Brett Lund, EVP and General Counsel for Gevo. "We have consistently maintained that we do not infringe any Butamax patents and Butamax's concession resoundingly validates our position."
The judgment of non-infringement comes on the heels of the Court's important claim construction determination which held that Butamax's Patent Nos. 7,851,188 and 7,993,889 require the use of an "NADPH-dependent" KARI. Butamax conceded that it could not establish that Gevo's KARI is NADPH-dependent.
"Gevo continues to demonstrate that it does not infringe Butamax's patents because Gevo created an NADH-dependent KARI enzyme that enables Gevo's yeast strains to produce isobutanol at much greater efficiencies than strains using the NADPH-dependent enzymes claimed by Butamax," said Lund. "We fully expect Butamax will appeal to the Federal Circuit, but we are confident in the merits of our case."
In addition to granting a judgment of non-infringement, the Court invalidated Butamax's patent claims for the deletion of PDC. PDC is the enzyme responsible for making ethanol and its deletion is required for the commercially viable production of isobutanol. Gevo's patents covering the deletion of PDC and the use of AFT are set for trial in August of this year, where Gevo is suing Butamax for patent infringement.
Gevo will host a conference call on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. MDT) to discuss this significant win.
A replay of the call will be available two hours after the conference call ends on Oct. 30, 2012 until Midnight EST on Nov. 30, 2012. To access the replay, please dial 1-888-286-8010 (inside the US) or 1-617-801-6888 (outside the US) and reference the access code 81289891. The archived webcast will be available for 30 days in the Investor Relations section of Gevo's website at www.gevo.com.
Gevo is a leading renewable chemicals and next-generation biofuels company. Gevo's patent-protected, capital-light business model converts existing ethanol plants into biorefineries to make isobutanol. This versatile chemical can be directly integrated into existing chemical and fuel products to deliver environmental and economic benefits. Gevo started up its first commercial isobutanol facility in Luverne, Minn., and has a marquee list of partners including Coca-Cola, Sasol, and LANXESS, among others. Gevo is committed to a sustainable bio-based economy that meets society's needs for plentiful food and clean air and water. For more information, visit www.gevo.com.
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