FTC judge favors Unocal in California RFG patent battle

Unocal Corp. won an initial victory with a US Federal Trade Commission administrative law judge Nov. 25 over agency allegations the company was trying to corner the California clean fuel market through fraudulent statements to state regulators.But the issue remained far from resolved as far as FTC staff and Unocal's competitors were concerned. They promised to appeal the matter, an outgrowth of a related 8-year patent battle between the California oil company and several competitors, including ExxonMobil Corp. and Valero Energy Corp.Unocal maintains its California reformulated gasoline formula is proprietary and other fuel suppliers should pay the company royalties to sell similarly m...

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