PHILADELPHIA, September 13, 2021 – FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) announced that Qingdao
Intermediate Court in China has ruled in its favor in the chlorantraniliprole patent infringement suit against
Shandong Weifang Rainbow Chemical Co. Ltd. (“Rainbow”). The Court found Rainbow infringed on
FMC’s composition of matter patent for the insecticidal active ingredient chlorantraniliprole and a key
intermediate to manufacture chlorantraniliprole.
The judgement includes a permanent injunction ordering Rainbow to immediately stop manufacturing,
selling, offering to sell and using chlorantraniliprole, upon the effective date of the judgement. Rainbow’s infringement had enabled it to unfairly compete in the crop protection market and benefit from
FMC’s significant investments in this important product.
“We are pleased with the decision of the Court,” said Michael Reilly, FMC executive vice president,
general counsel and secretary. “This decision strengthens FMC’s confidence in protecting and enforcing its
patents in China. This result also reinforces the value of our commitment to bring innovation to growers
around the world.”
FMC maintains an extensive patent estate for its proprietary chlorantraniliprole technology, including
patents that cover active ingredient composition of matter, manufacturing, formulations and other areas
protected by intellectual property laws in the U.S., China, India, and other important agricultural markets
throughout the world. The company has invested significantly to research, develop and commercialize
chlorantraniliprole, a proprietary, breakthrough technology designed to control a wide variety of destructive
insects that can destroy a farmer’s crops and dramatically lower food production. FMC markets its products
that contain chlorantraniliprole under several brand names around the world, including Rynaxypyr® active,
Coragen® insect control, Altacor® insect control, Prevathon® insect control, Premio® insect control and
Ferterra® insect control.
“Intellectual property rights are essential for the continued innovation of crop protection solutions and
thereby serve the interest of our growers, customers, investors, employees, suppliers and partners.
Infringing, illegal and counterfeit crop protection products not only reduce incentives for investing in
innovation, they can pose a health and safety risk for growers and consumers, as well as an environmental
hazard,” said Reilly. “FMC is committed to product stewardship, sustainability and vigorously defending
our intellectual property. By enforcing our patents, we help keep these illegal products out of the market.”
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 fmc.com to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn® and Twitter®.