Yesterday, Aker Biomarine voluntarily withdrew its complaint at the International Trade Commission (ITC), alleging that krill manufacturer Rimfrost had violated several of its patents.
“This is good news, showing that we have been right all along. Aker Biomarine has no case, because you cannot patent nature itself”, says owner Stig Remøy.
Aker Biomarine’s patent dispute with Rimfrost has had negative effects on the global krill market. As the ITC case closes, new market opportunities for Rimfrost are emerging.
“Rimfrost’s ambitions with krill are extensive. Our considerable krill oil capacities allow us to market worldwide. In addition, krill has major potential in the aquaculture market. Our technology increases growth and improves health for farmed salmon”, Remøy says.
Without succeeding, Aker Biomarine has, over time, acted aggressively towards Rimfrost. As Aker Biomarine has now unilaterally withdrawn its ITC complaint, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) will consider four of Rimfrost’s petitions against Aker Biomarine’s patents.
“We are observing that Aker Biomarine adopts harsh methods in an attempt to usurp a global krill monopoly. This will not succeed, and cannot be accepted by us. When krill licenses were allocated in 2007, Norwegian authorities made it clear that it is in the nation's interest that licenses are distributed to multiple players”, Remøy says.
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Owner Stig Remøy
+47 916 19 124