Honeywell acts on unlicensed refrigerants


01 November 2018
Honeywell has taken further action  stop the sale and distribution of unlicensed versions of its Solstice yf (R1234yf) refrigerant wherever that activity occurs around the world by all legal means.

The latest move involved the seizure of unlicensed refrigerant and filing of lawsuits in both the Czech Republic and Germany. The lawsuits allege infringement of Honeywell patents covering the manufacture of 1234yf and its use in vehicle air conditioning.
At Honeywell’s request, Czech customs seized a shipment of unlicensed refrigerant manufactured in China. Honeywell then filed suit for patent infringement against a Czech distributor for attempting to offer the product for sale. On October 16, Honeywell filed two separate infringement suits in Germany against a Chinese manufacturer and a Chinese distributor for attempting to sell and distribute the suspected infringing refrigerant in Germany.

Richard Winick, vice president and general manager, automotive refrigerants at Honeywell, said: .“Honeywell is working to ensure that our customers have access to safe and high-quality refrigerants, and we have a long history of working closely with global law enforcement agencies to stop the spread of potentially dangerous unlicensed or counterfeit products. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement and customs authorities worldwide to actively pursue and prosecute infringers and counterfeiters of our Solstice yf solution and other products.”

Honeywell says it is committed to providing customers with environmentally preferable refrigerants that are available immediately and safe for their intended use. Honeywell’s refrigerants are subject to extensive quality and safety testing before they are sold.

Last year, the company assisted Chinese authorities with a similar infringement situation in Shanghai, where a man was sentenced for violation of Honeywell’s intellectual property rights following a lengthy investigation of a counterfeiting factory. 
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