The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Renders Decision in favor of Kaneka Corporation in the Appeal in the U.S. Patent Infringement Lawsuit Related to Coenzyme Q10

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Corporate News J E 4

PASADENA, Texas, Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaneka Corporation has been in dispute with Zhejiang Medicine Co., Ltd. and ZMC-USA LLC(ZMC) in the United States Court for the Southern District of Texas since March 2011, for patent infringement concerning Kaneka's US patent No. 7,910,340 relating to oxidized coenzyme Q10 (Kaneka Q10TM).

In November, 2015, the District Court in Texas granted a ZMC Motion for Summary Judgement based on ZMC's allegation that Kaneka did not adduce evidence sufficient to prove infringement by ZMC. Kaneka strongly disagreed with the Court's interpretation of the evidence and with the Court's legal decision and in December 2015 appealed the decision and judgement to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. 

On January 23, 2017, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Kaneka adduced evidence sufficient for a jury to make a decision at trial and the District Court erred in granting ZMC's Motion for Summary Judgement.  The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the judgement and remanded the case to the District Court. As a result of this decision, the parties will soon proceed to a status conference for the case in Texas.  

Not only is the decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals as the legal meaning of Kaneka's patent binding to the Texas District Court, but also on the California District Court, where Kaneka is in dispute with Xiamen Kingdomway Group Company, Pacific Rainbow International Inc., and Shenzhou Biology and Technology Co., Ltd in an infringement action for a same patent. Kaneka is preparing to proceed to a jury trial with the case in California in March, 2017.

This dispute relates to only the oxidized form of coenzyme Q10 but not to the reduced form of coenzyme Q10 (Kaneka UbiquinolTM).

Kaneka Corp. v Zhejiang Medicine Co., Ltd and ZMC-USA, L.L.C.,United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, case No. 4:11-cv-01052

Kaneka Corp. v Zhejiang Medicine Co., Ltd and ZMC-USA, L.L.C.,U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, case No. 2016-1390

Kaneka Corp. v Xiamen Kingdomway Group Co. et al.,United States District Court for the Central District of California, case No. 2:11-cv-02389

Contact Information: Misty BlairKaneka North America, LLC


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