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Illinois Tool Works Cleared At Federal Circuit

Law360 (December 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court has cleared Illinois Tool Works Inc. of patent infringement and defamation in an eight-year-old case that accused the manufacturer of improperly advertising to clients that the plaintiff had stolen the technology he asserted in the lawsuit.

In a summary order issued last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that ITW’s trays for storing and testing integrated circuit chips don’t infringe those made by competitor R.H. Murphy Co. Inc.

Moreover, the order confirms that ITW’s statements about the...
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