Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Chemical Co.'s Inducement Suit

By Dani Kass (December 16, 2021, 8:58 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Thursday cleared a Swiss engineering company of allegations that it caused another company to infringe patents for chemicals used in making plastic, saying the patent owner took depositions out of context and otherwise had meritless arguments.

The three-judge panel affirmed a decision out of Minnesota, which had granted summary judgment of no inducement to Polymetrix AG. The appeals court faulted the patent owner, Alpek Polyester SA, and exclusive licensee, DAK Americas LLC, for relying on "nonsensical" conclusions from an expert and using another expert's clear misspeak as a "huge" basis of its appeal.

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