3 Questions for…WD Lab Grown Diamonds President Clive Hill

In April, Clive Hill, the ­president of WD Lab Grown Diamonds, spoke to JCK at the company’s headquarters in Maryland. Here, the former CEO of U.K. retailer Fraser Hart discusses patent issues, why he’s not concerned if lab-grown prices go down, and what he would say to those worried about the product.  You have alleged that other growers are infringing on the patents WD licensed from the Carnegie Institute for growing diamonds with the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method, as well as for post-growth treatment. They deny this. Will you act on that? We have sent a number of letters in the past. We will be moving to a rather more significant level. Within a very short period of time, we will start action with some retailers [that sell allegedly infringing products]. If we have to end up in court, we will end up there. Hopefully we can pick one or two [retailers to work with] and

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