The Supreme Court Rules in Favour of TCO

Norwegian company Vosstech will not be able to produce, market or deliver its VT-C and VT-MC barrier plugs for four years after the court ruled in favour of TCO in an intellectual property dispute.

September 2015

Norwegian company Vosstech will not be able to produce, market or deliver its VT-C and VT-MC barrier plugs for four years after the court ruled in favour of TCO in an intellectual property dispute.

A three year dispute
In 2012, TCO AS filed a lawsuit against Vosstech AS, Bjørgum Mekaniske AS and Stig Ove Bjørgum to stop Vosstech’s marketing and sale of the glass plug products "VT C Plug" and "VT MC Plug". Vosstech was formerly partner and subcontractor of TCO, with full insight into TCO's glass plug technology and development. TCO has always been of the opinion that the "VT C Plug" was in breach of TCO’s patented rights and that Vosstech made unlawful use of TCO´s trade secrets by the development of both "VT C Plug" and "VT MC Plug". 

Halle Aslaksen, CEO of TCO said:

“As a technology company TCO has always been concerned with protecting the research and development which goes into developing our oil and gas technology. TCO’s proprietary glass plug technology is the result of a costly development process that goes back to the late 1990s. While we welcome competition in the marketplace, it is essential that our intellectual property rights and confidentiality agreements are respected. “

The glass plug technology is unique. The Appeal Court states correctly in its verdict that "the glass well plug represented an innovation in the oil and gas industry" (page 25) and at the time when TCO started its development there "was ... no known method of how glass can be used in a well plug "(page 22). With the decision from the Appeal Committee of the Supreme Court of Norway, the case is legally binding on all accounts, with a limited exception for the compensation level which will be tried by the Supreme Court.

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