Umicore and BASF have entered into a non-exclusive patent cross-license agreement covering cathode materials and their precursors, including nickel manganese cobalt (NMC), nickel cobalt aluminum (NCA), nickel manganese cobalt aluminum (NMCA) and high manganese (HLM).

The new agreement allows both partners to combine a wider range of intellectual property (IP)-protected technologies related to features such as chemical composition, powder morphology and chemical stability, making it easier to customize their materials to customer requirements. It will also make it easier to research energy density, safety and cost in electric vehicles (EV), the companies say.

The agreement covers more than 100 patent families filed in Europe, US, China, Korea and Japan, and both parties retain the right to enforce their own IP-rights against third parties in the future.

‘The continuous development of battery materials will accelerate the transformation towards full electrification and thus support the world’s efforts to fight climate change,’ said Dr Peter Schuhmacher, president of BASF Catalysts.

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