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FMC Corporation obtains pre-suit injunction in China for patent infringement

May 10, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- 

FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC), a leading global agricultural sciences company, announced the Ningbo Intermediate People's Court in Zhejiang Province, China, granted FMC Agro Singapore Pte. Ltd a pre-suit preliminary injunction to stop infringement of a chlorantraniliprole patent. Chlorantraniliprole is FMC's leading insecticide ingredient branded as Rynaxypyr® active.

The pre-suit preliminary injunction restrains Zhejiang Yongtai Technology Co. Ltd. ("Yongtai Technology") from engaging in any activity of offering to sell chlorantraniliprole until FMC's patent expires, including by doing so at trade fairs.

"We are pleased with the Court's decision, which reflects its understanding of the urgency of this matter and its impact on the crop protection market in China," said Michael Reilly, FMC executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. "The principles decided by the Court are also significant for future infringement actions, as being one of very few cases anywhere in China where a trial court has granted pre-suit injunctive relief under the China Patent Law and standards outlined by the Chinese Supreme Court.  The Ningbo Intermediate People's Court determined that Yongtai Technology's infringing acts violated the China Patent Law and created a need for urgent relief to protect FMC's patent rights."    

For nearly four decades, FMC has provided proprietary insect, disease and weed control technologies to ensure that Chinese farmers have access to world-class product technologies. The company employs more than 600 people in China, where it operates a world-class innovation center in Shanghai and two manufacturing facilities in Shanghai and Jiangsu. 

"Our intellectual property rights are an essential tool to drive innovation and continued investment in the Chinese crop protection market," said Pramod Thota, interim president for FMC's Asia Pacific Region and president of FMC U.S.A. "This decision reinforces the value of our commitment to bring innovative, high-quality crop protection solutions to growers in China and around the world."

About FMC

FMC Corporation is a global agricultural sciences company dedicated to helping growers produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for an expanding world population while adapting to a changing environment. FMC's innovative crop protection solutions – including biologicals, crop nutrition, digital and precision agriculture – enable growers, crop advisers and turf and pest management professionals to address their toughest challenges economically while protecting the environment. With approximately 6,400 employees at more than 100 sites worldwide, FMC is committed to discovering new herbicide, insecticide and fungicide active ingredients, product formulations and pioneering technologies that are consistently better for the planet. Visit to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn® and Twitter®.

Rynaxypyr is a trademark of FMC Corporation or an affiliate. Always read and follow all label directions, restrictions and precautions for use. Products listed may not be registered for sale or use in all states, countries or jurisdictions.

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