Chemical Reactor Patent Not Infringed: Federal Circuit

Law360, New York (May 28, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appellate court has decided that a lower court was correct in ruling that devices created by TubeMaster Inc. for loading catalyst into chemical reactors does not infringe a patent held by rival Cat Tech LLC.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed a district court ruling that found four TubeMaster constructions of various catalyst loading devices did not infringe Cat Tech’s catalyst-loading patent because the TubeMaster devices did not require the specific plate spacing described by the patent....
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