Schlumberger Says Rival Hiding From Drilling Patent Diputes

Law360, Dallas (December 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EST) -- Schlumberger Technology Corp. has accused rival Baker Hughes Inc. of infringing four oil field patents, then using a bad-faith litigation strategy that violates a private arbitration agreement intended to govern the patent disputes, in a suit filed Friday in Texas federal court.

With subsidiaries Smith International Inc. and Specialised Petroleum Services Group Ltd., Schlumberger alleges Baker Hughes is using drilling technology that violates four of its patents and asked the court to allow the claims to move forward outside the dispute resolution agreement. The oil field...
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