DuPont has taken “aggressive action” to protect refrigerant patents by launching a sophisticated refrigerant labelling programme.
The programme creates labels which verify that DuPont equipment contains 100 per cent licensed Suva 410A or Suva 407C and therefore can be exported and used worldwide.
The label includes DuPont Izon technology in a bid to prevent copying, counterfeit, or unauthorised use.
“We have invested significant resources and millions of dollars in research. The protection of our intellectual property enables us to continue to invest in innovative technologies for the air conditioning and refrigeration markets,” said Cynthia Green, vice president and general manager – DuPont Fluoroproducts.
“We will continue to take aggressive action to enforce our rights and to protect against counterfeiting, patent and trademark infringement, and theft of trade secrets.”
DuPont warned importers, buyers, and users of air conditioning equipment to ensure their systems contain refrigerants from authorised manufacturers.
Potential ramifications of using unauthorised refrigerants include seizure and destruction of equipment, monetary damages, negative publicity, and significant business interruption, said DuPont.