emgs Files Suit to Protect Intellectual Property Rights to Seabed Logging

emgs has launched proceedings in the High Court in London against Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping plc (OHM) for the infringement of one of emgs patents related to Seabed Logging, also referred to as controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) marine surveying for the direct detection of hydrocarbons beneath the seabed.

Earlier this year, The University of Southampton, which founded OHM, withdrew an appeal against a decision made in July 2005 by The UK Patent Office to award ownership of a UK patent and a number of foreign applications on Seabed Logging to Statoil ASA. This patent and the foreign applications were then transferred from Statoil to emgs. The Patent Office had concluded that the inventive concept in the Seabed Logging patent was devised by Terje Eidesmo and Svein Ellingsrud (now at emgs) and belonged to Statoil.

Despite this decision, OHM has continued to perform Seabed Logging operations in regions in which emgs has confirmed patents. In view of this situation emgs has been forced to pursue a case to enforce its intellectual property rights through the courts.

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