Ecolab Files Suit Over Conveyor Lubricant Patents

Law360, New York (April 11, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT) -- Ecolab Inc. slapped International Chemical Corp. with a lawsuit in Florida on Tuesday, claiming that ICC infringed three patents that relate to a synthetic chain lubricant used on conveyor systems in bottling facilities.

Ecolab's suit targets West Melbourne, Fla.-based ICC as the sole defendant, but also says that customers — bottling facilities that buy FT-100 lubricant from the defendant — used the lubricant in a manner that infringes the patents-in-suit.

ICC was aware of the patents and knew that its sale of FT-100 and instructions for...
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