Honeywell seizes product and sues to stop unlicensed refrigerant sale and distribution
Intellectual property enforcement ensures that customers are protected
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has reaffirmed its commitment to stop the sale and distribution of unlicensed versions of the company’s Solstice® yf (R-1234yf) refrigerant wherever that activity occurs around the world by all legal means. The latest action taken by Honeywell involved the seizure of unlicensed refrigerant and filing of lawsuits in both the Czech Republic and Germany.
The lawsuits allege infringement of Honeywell patents covering the manufacture of 1234yf and its use in automotive air conditioning.
At Honeywell’s request, Czech customs seized on September 12, 2018 a shipment of unlicensed refrigerant manufactured in China. Following seizure of the suspected infringing refrigerant, Honeywell filed suit for patent infringement against a Czech distributor for attempting to offer the product for sale. On October 16, 2018 Honeywell filed two separate infringement suits in Germany against a Chinese manufacturer and a Chinese distributor for attempting to sell and distribute the suspected infringing refrigerant in Germany.
These efforts are exemplary of Honeywell’s commitment to protecting its investment in the development and commercialization of authentic Solstice yf.
“Honeywell is working to ensure that our customers have access to safe and high-quality refrigerants, and we have a long history of working closely with global law enforcement agencies to stop the spread of potentially dangerous unlicensed or counterfeit products,” said Richard Winick, Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Refrigerants at Honeywell. “We will continue to work closely with law
enforcement and customs authorities worldwide to actively pursue and prosecute infringers and counterfeiters of our Solstice yf solution and other products.”
Honeywell is committed to providing customers with environmentally preferable refrigerants that are available immediately and safe for their intended use. Honeywell’s refrigerants are subject to extensive quality and safety testing before they are sold.
Just last year, Honeywell assisted Chinese authorities with a similar infringement situation in Shanghai. The Guangzhou Baiyun Court sentenced a man to nine months jail time plus a criminal fine of CNY 50,000 for his violation of Honeywell’s intellectual property rights. This sentence followed a months-long investigation of the man’s counterfeiting factory.
Honeywell is a world leader in the development, manufacture and supply of refrigerants that are sold worldwide under the Genetron and Solstice® brand names for a range of applications, including refrigeration, building and automobile air conditioning.. For more information, visit https://www.honeywell-refrigerants.com.