BASF lawsuit claims Makhteshim Agan, Control Solutions, and Do It Yourself Pest Company violate BASF patent rights

March 20, 2013

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, March 20, 2013 -- BASF today announced it has asked the United States District Court of Northern Georgia to find Makhteshim Agan, its subsidiary Control Solutions, Inc. (CSI), and Do It Yourself Pest Control, Inc., are violating BASF patent rights in the manufacture and sale of fipronil-based termiticides/insecticides. Specifically, products produced by MANA and CSI, and distributed by Do It Yourself Pest Control, violate the manufacturing patent known as the ‘945 patent.    

BASF has identified certain chemical impurities in Taurus® SC, the fipronil-based termiticide produced and marketed by Control Solutions, Inc. that clearly establish that the MANA/CSI product was manufactured using the process protected by the ‘945 patent.    

“Intellectual property is the cornerstone of our innovation-based marketplace,” said Jan Buberl, Director of Specialty Products, BASF North American Crop Protection.  “Improper activity that undermines patent protection laws is unfair to those who act properly and lawfully.”

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