Jury Awards Union Carbide $112 Million in Patent Suit

Law360, New York (November 5, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Jurors in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware awarded the Union Carbide unit of Dow Chemical more than $112 million in damages from a unit of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group for infringing a patent covering chemical catalysts, court documents show.

In May 1999, Union Carbide sued the Shell Oil Company, Shell Chemical Co., and CRI Catalyst Company for copying patented processes related to catalysts in the production of ethylene oxide, a component of antifreeze and polyester fibers.

The jury found that Shell directly infringed claim...
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