U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ITC's determination that Aspen's product patent is valid
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Aspen Aerogels, Inc. (ASPN) ("Aspen") announced today that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the 2018 determination of the United States International Trade Commission ("ITC") finding Aspen's product patent No. 7,078,359 is not invalid. In 2018, the ITC determined that Guangdong Alison Hi-Tech Co. Ltd. ("Alison") and Nano Tech Co., Ltd. ("Nano") infringed several of Aspen's valid product and process patents. As a remedy, the ITC issued an exclusion order prohibiting importation of the infringing products into the United States. The exclusion order has been enforced by United States Customs and Border Protection since April 2018.
"Our success at the U.S. Court of Appeals, along with our recent victories in the German courts, reinforces the scope and strength of Aspen's worldwide aerogel patent portfolio. From the outset, we have maintained our firm belief that both Alison and Nano infringe our patents. These recent court decisions have clearly confirmed that the Chinese manufacturers violate the law," said Don Young, President and CEO of Aspen Aerogels.
"Our core strategy is to invest in the research, development, commercialization, and protection of our aerogel technology platform worldwide. We partner with industry leaders to bring these exciting technologies to market. In support of our partners and customers, we will continue to aggressively assert our patents against any company that infringes our technology worldwide," concluded Mr. Young.
About Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
Aspen Aerogels is the global leader in aerogel technology. The company's mission is to enable its customers and partners to shape their own strategies around the global megatrends of resource efficiency and sustainability. Aspen's Cryogel® and Pyrogel® products are valued by the world's largest energy infrastructure companies. Aspen's Spaceloft® products provide building owners with industry-leading energy efficiency including options for a safe, non-combustible fire rating. The company's strategy is to partner with world-class industry leaders to leverage its aerogel technology platform into additional markets. Headquartered in Northborough, Mass., Aspen Aerogels manufactures its products at its East Providence, R.I. facility. For more information, please visit www.aerogel.com
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