ASIA – Milliken & Company has filed lawsuits against several Asian competitors, claiming they have infringed on intellectual property for its Millad-brand clarifying agents.
Millad materials are commonly used with polypropylene (PP) resins, and offer a glass-like clarity in PP that makes it a suitable substitute for other resins such as polystyrene and polycarbonate which have higher density and carbon footprint. Milliken produces Millad at several facilities in South Caroline, US.
The specialty chemicals and textiles maker said in a statement they believe companies named in the suits – all of which have been filed in Asia – have infringed on one or more of Milliken’s patents through the sale of competing products. Milliken claims some of the alleged infringements date back several years.
Milliken is taking “vigorous action” to force those Asian companies it has filed suits against to stop production of the materials. The US company is also seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages.
Milliken has declined to name those companies it has filed against.
“Our customers need to be aware of this IP infringement,” said Wim Van de Velde, global Millad product line manager, Milliken & Company. “We believe our customers respect the intellectual property rights of others just as Milliken does, and we are confident they do not wish to use products from companies that have engaged in patent infringement.
“Our actions reflect Milliken’s corporate policy to vigorously protect and defend the intellectual property underlying its innovative products.”