De Beers Group today announced the successful conclusion of its patent infringement action against IIa Technologies in Singapore, which was found to have infringed Element Six synthetic diamond patent. IIa Technologies was found by The High Court of Singapore to have infringed an Element Six patent for proprietary synthetic diamond products and their method of manufacture, confirming the validity of Element Six's patent and reinforcing the business’s intention to defend its intellectual property (IP) rights.
The patent in question relates to the production of material which is used both for laboratory-grown diamond jewelry and in optical applications such as infrared spectroscopy and high-power laser optics. A secondary Element Six patent relating to the treatment of CVD synthetic diamond was not found to be valid in Singapore and Element Six is considering its legal options with regards to this decision.
De Beers Group states that Element Six has "invested hundreds of millions of dollars over more than 60 years to become a leading producer of synthetic diamond material, developing new material to tackle some of science and industry’s most intractable challenges." The Group adds that "Any use of Element Six patents, without its consent, 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, said: “This decision confirms the validity of our patent for the production of CVD synthetic diamonds, and we hold similar patents in many jurisdictions. We will continue to be vigilant for any other potential infringement of our IP rights around the globe, and we will defend our rights vigorously – just as any company would – because protecting our ability to get a full return on our investment in R&D is vital to our future.”
Element Six produces synthetic diamonds for Lightbox Jewelry, and for a range of industrial and technological applications such as in drilling and mining, the automotive and aerospace sectors, optics, consumer electronics and even next generation applications such as quantum enabled sensors.