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12-05-2014

DSM Dyneema Successfully Defends Key Patent

The European Patent Office has upheld a key patent held by DSM Dyneema covering its recently introduced Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology. This innovation platform delivers materials for soft body armor and hard materials for helmets, vest inserts and vehicle armor. Armor made with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology is 30 % lighter than current armor whilst providing the same level of ballistic protection.

DSM Dyneema’s patent EP1699954B1 had been opposed by another important western supplier of UHMWPE fiber. “We are very happy that the European Patent Office, after having heard both parties, has confirmed the validity of the patent,” says Yvonne Engelen, vice president marketing and sales at DSM Dyneema.

After this verdict, the intellectual property covered by the patent gives DSM Dyneema the confidence to move forward in exploiting the technology for the benefit of its customers in diverse markets. “Since filing this original patent, we have continued our innovation efforts and filed other patents relating to this technology platform,” Engelen adds.

UHMWPE fiber from DSM Dyneema is produced in Heerlen (The Netherlands) and in Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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