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De Beers’ Element Six Takes Legal Action Against II A Technologies For Patent Infringement

Jan 12, 2016

Element Six Technologies Ltd, a member of The De Beers Group of Companies,   announced that it has begun legal proceedings today in Singapore against IIa Technologies Pte. Ltd. The legal action is being taken due to alleged “infringement of its patents concerning synthetic diamond material”, the Company said in a press note.

“Element Six believes that certain of its patents for proprietary synthetic diamond products and their method of manufacture have been infringed (in particular Singapore patent numbers 115872 and 110508),” explained Element Six.  “It is therefore taking this action to defend its intellectual property rights and business interests.”

Further, Element Six elaborated that the patents in question relate to production of material which has a combination of “high-optical transparency in the visible and infra-red spectral regions and low-crystalline stress”, which is desirable in optical applications such as infra-red spectroscopy and high-power laser optics. “Element Six believes that IIa Technologies in Singapore is exploiting Element Six patents for commercial gain, potentially in both the industrial/technology and jewellery sectors,” the Company stressed.

Element Six pointed out that it has invested “hundreds of millions of dollars over more than 50 years to become the world’s leading producer of synthetic diamond material, developing new material to tackle some of science and industry’s most intractable challenges”. And any   use of Element Six patents without its consent, the Company said, “negatively impacts its ability to get a full return from its investment and undermines its ability to carry out further important research and development”.

Walter Hühn, Chief Executive of Element Six, commented: “Synthetic diamond material can be – and is – produced without infringing our patents. We believe this is a straightforward case of patent infringement and, as any company would do, Element Six is taking action to defend its position. To continue to be able to invest in research and development, we depend on our ability to protect the intellectual property resulting from this research, development and innovation.”

The Company explained that synthetic diamond has many remarkable properties, and several tools have been developed with this material. The material and tools have many applications in drilling and mining; and also emerging applications in areas such as high frequency speakers, radiation sensors, optics, water sanitation and even quantum computing . 

“Due to the legal proceedings, no further comment will be made until the process is concluded,” Element Six declared. 

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