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IIa Technologies successfully invalidates key Element Six patent

10 february 2020

The High Court of Singapore agreed with IIa Technologies and found that one of Element Six’s key patents, No. 110508 in Singapore (SG 508), which relates to the annealing of CVD diamonds to improve their colour, is invalid. The High Court has ordered that SG 508 be revoked. For this reason, the High Court further concluded that IIa Technologies has not infringed SG 508, according to a press release from IIa Technologies. 

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The High Court found that another Element Six patent, No. 115872 (SG 872), which relates to the production of optical grade diamonds, is valid and has been infringed.
Vishal Mehta, CEO of IIa Technologies said: “IIa Technologies has developed its proprietary process in the last 15 years and is proud of the work we have done to bring lab-grown diamonds to the world. The current judgment will be considered in its entirety and then the company will take necessary steps to protect its interests.”

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough&Polished