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Court orders Orlen Lietuva to pay another EUR 2 mln to inventors

BC, Vilnius, 05.07.2018.Print version
A court has ordered Orlen Lietuva, the Lithuanian unit of Poland's oil group Orlen, to pay a group of inventors another 1.983 million euros for the use of a piece of equipment they invented, reports LETA/BNS.

The Lithuanian Court of Appeals on July 4 upheld claims filed by seven inventors, including five Russian nationals, ordering the crude refinery to pay the amount of money for the period between June 2000 and 2004.

The seven claimants, including Bronislavas Vainora, a former CEO of the refinery, then called Mazeikiai Nafta (Mazeikiai Oil), sought 7.2 million euros in royalties and almost 3.3 million euros in interest.  

The Court of Appeals in December 2016 ordered the company to pay the inventors almost 6 million euros. 

The thermal cracking reactor was installed in the crude refinery in 1994, but the company only paid the inventors for 1995 and later refused to pay royalties on the equipment.

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