Appeals Court Spurns Rattler Tools' Patent Claim

Law360, New York (May 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's judgment that cleared Bilco Tools Inc. of violating Louisiana unfair-competition laws and infringing patents held by Rattler Tools Inc. for devices to retrieve scraps of metal from oil wells using magnets.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday shot down Rattler Tools' appeal, saying the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana acted correctly last July in dismissing the company's claims for patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation...
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