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POET files lawsuit alleging stealing of trade secrets

Trade secret in question allegedly stolen by Nelson Engineering allows for increased ethanol production.

On Monday, POET filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Sioux Falls, S.D., alleging that Sioux Falls-based company Nelson Engineering has misappropriated POET’s trade secrets. The lawsuit is captioned “POET, LLC and POET Research, Inc. v. Nelson Engineering and Jerry Baker,” Case No. CIV 17-4029.

The trade secret in question is known at POET as “Delayed Dilution,” a technology that allows POET to achieve increased ethanol production from each fermenter

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