De Beers’ Group synthetic diamond company, Element Six, has today begun legal action in Singapore against IIa Technologies Pte. Ltd alleging infringement of its patents concerning synthetic diamond material.
Element Six believes that certain parts of its patents for proprietary synthetic diamond products and their method of manufacture have been infringed (in particular Singapore patent numbers 115872 and 110508). It is therefore taking this action to defend its intellectual property rights and business interests.
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.
Chief executive of Element Six, Walter Hühn, comments: “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.”
Due to the legal proceedings, no further comment will be made until the process is concluded.