Case Studies

Butamax v. Gevo

graphic of ethanol and Isobutanol, connecting the 2 is a pipe outlining different levers

By: Scott Hilton, Jeremy Young & Ashley Ahn

IMS Consulting & Expert Services worked closely with Cooley lawyers over four years in various hearings and lawsuits to support Gevo, a leader in the engineering of isobutanol-based fuel products, against its competitor in the marketplace, Butamax.

Our Role

IMS Consulting & Expert Services helped Cooley to defend against patent infringement allegations waged against Gevo and to assert Gevo’s own patents. A key role for IMS was to work closely with experts in the biochemical and bioengineering industry to create supporting graphics that would convey simply both the complicated natural process and the engineered five-step process of ethanol and isobutanol production in yeast cells. Additionally, IMS trial consultants worked closely with Cooley to develop the key issues and facts in the case story and to refine the legal arguments.

Case Results

Years of litigation ended with a successful settlement on the eve of trial.

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Case Testimonials

“IMS Consulting & Expert Services helps me see things the way the jury will, which makes a critical difference when preparing for trial. I make sure to hire them before the case is even indicted.”

Stephen Neal

“My most recent experience with IMS Consulting & Expert Services reminded me why I want to work with them on all my IP cases. Their can-do, collaborative attitude, great ideas, bench depth, and high quality work helps our trial teams win cases. They are a valuable asset during the many phases of any IP case.”

Thomas Friel

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