Syngenta claims patent victory over Willowood

Agriculture company Syngenta said the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued an order finding that agrochemical manufacturer Willowood infringed two valid US patents owned by Syngenta relating to the fungicide azoxystrobin.

“The court found that, before engaging in the infringing activities, Willowood knew of Syngenta’s patents and knew that its activities would likely infringe the patents,” said Syngenta.

“Damages for Willowood’s infringement will be assessed at trial scheduled for later this year.”

Vern Hawkins, Syngenta regional director in North America, said: “This is an important victory for Syngenta and ultimately for farmers because it preserves intellectual property rights that create incentive for continued innovation from companies like ours.

“We intend to continue protecting our significant investments in developing and commercializing crop protection products such as azoxystrobin.”