BASF protects its Advance Termite Bait Station patent in Australia
- BASF stops manufacturer from infringing its termite bait station patents in Australia.
- BASF new Trelona Advance Termite Bait System (ATBS) and its innovative application protects Australian homes against destructive termites.
- BASF continues to invest in R&D as part of commitment to sustainable agriculture and healthy environments
Melbourne, Australia – 23 September 2019 – Sherwood Chemicals Australasia Pty Ltd (‘Sherwood Chemicals’) has reached a settlement of proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia brought by BASF relating to the infringement of two BASF patents. BASF has the exclusive right to market the innovative termite bait station technology covered by its patents. Sherwood Chemicals has given undertakings not to sell its infringing Termatrix termite stations in Australia and has made a settlement payment to BASF. Sherwood Chemicals has already stopped marketing its infringing termite bait stations.
BASF’s Advance Termite Bait System (ATBS) with Trelona Termite Bait will be available next year and sets a new benchmark in termite baiting for the Australian market. Its novel active ingredient requires much less bait for complete colony elimination to be achieved when compared to other termite baits.
Trelona ATBS allows pest management professionals to offer homeowners both a traditional monitoring system or a ‘Active on Application’ system and can be used in combination with BASFs industry leading termiticides, Termidor Residual Termiticide and Insecticide and Termidor HE Residual Termiticide so a management system can be tailored for any situation. “Investing in new, high-performing solutions enables us to deliver cutting-edge chemistry to the professional pest management industry and in turn increase the public’s access to state-of-the-art innovations,” said David Elmouttie Business Manager Professional & Specialty Solutions at BASF Australia and New Zealand.
“In 2018 alone, BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division spent €679 million on R&D. To be able to continue such substantial investment in the future of sustainable agriculture and healthy environments, we must protect our innovations to the fullest of our capabilities.
“The steps we have taken against Sherwood Chemicals Australasia Pty Ltd demonstrate BASF’s determination to enforce its intellectual property rights.”
About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division
With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2018, our division generated sales of €6.2 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.
About BASF in Australia and New Zealand
BASF serves key industries in the agriculture, coatings, construction, manufacturing and mining sectors, and posted sales of about €432 million in Australia and New Zealand in 2018. As of the end of 2018, the company had 552 employees and operated 12 production sites across agricultural solutions, performance products and functional materials and solutions. BASF has been active in Australia for more than 90 years, and for about 60 years in New Zealand. Further information is available on the Internet at www.basf.com/au.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63 billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.