Lufkin, Andrews Kurth Accused Of Oil Well Patent Plot

Law360, New York (October 5, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT) -- A group of former employees of Lufkin Industries Inc. is accusing the oil field products supplier of engaging in a conspiracy with its counsel, Andrews Kurth LLP, to improperly assign the rights of inventions related to well technology over to Lufkin.

The former employees and their new employer, Spirit Global Energy Solutions Inc., filed an amended complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on Monday, claiming that Lufkin did not own the patent-at-issue or a pending patent.

The dispute was sparked...
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