DSME loses patent suit

South Korea’s Supreme Court closed a three-year-old patent dispute among the nation’s top three major shipbuilders, siding with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Samsung Heavy Industries.

The court dismissed an appeal filed by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), nullifying its patent over a technology that reliquefies evaporated liquefied natural gas (LNG). The court said the technology was no different to what its two rivals already use.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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