Ajinomoto is the proprietor of EP 0 796 912 relating to a “novel lysine decarboxylase gene and process for producing L-lysine”. Both Ajinomoto and defendants Global et al. produce and sell L-lysine. Global et al. claim that the L-lysine produced by them is produces using fermentation methods with micro-organisms. On 20 March 2013, the District Court of The Hague ruled that EP ‘912 was valid, in spite of Gobal et al.’s arguments based on lack of novelty, obviousness, insufficient disclosure and added matter, and it ruled that Global et al. had infringed the patent.