The recent ruling by a German court upholding a patent infringement claim by a British environmental process company has again highlighted how exposed the industry is to raiders of intellectual property.
This time it was good news for Azur Environmental, which had fought for more than two years to have its technology protected - and won in the District Court of Dusseldorf.
The infringed patent relates to a system for the measurement of water toxicity and forms the basis for one of Azur's major product lines, the Microtox test system. It is used by water companies and process industries needing on-line measurement.
Germany, after the UK, is Azur's second …