ChevronTexaco discusses ethanol patents

Company says patents will be used ‘defensively'
By | November 01, 2002
ChevronTexaco Corp. last month openly discussed its two ethanol-blended gasoline patents which the company received approval for last year by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patents were reportedly developed in response to the issue of transporting ethanol-blended gasoline in California.

One Chevron executive said the company intends to use its RFG patents "defensively" to preserve its freedom to practice refining technology and to produce and market RFG. Another company executive said Chevron plans to enter into royalty-free cross licensing arrangements with any interested company. Cross licensing agreements would help to insure that the industry can produce RFG and compete in refining and marketing of RFG without engaging in expensive patent disputes and litigation, the executive said.
ChevronTexaco is the only major oil company which has yet to announce it will switch from MTBE to ethanol earlier than California's new 2004 MTBE ban deadline.