Structural Design Firms Settle Patent Suit

Law360, New York (March 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Rival engineering design firms in Los Angeles have reached a settlement in their patent infringement lawsuit over a unique structural design element used in earthquake-resistant construction.

The plaintiff, Seismic Structural Design Associates Inc., said earlier this month it was pleased the settlement upheld the validity of its “groundbreaking” patent for so-called structural steel seismic connections, which have become increasingly popular in the Los Angeles area.

Seismic Structural reached the settlement with WHL Consulting Engineers, or Wong Hobach Lau International, over its award-nominated SlottedWeb design, which has...
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