Court ruling may reactivate suit over oxygen scavengers in PET

Omnexus - Dec 2, 2002

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2 -- A federal court has ruled that a license to a patented oxygen scavenging technology awarded by Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corp. to Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. does not cover certain applications of the technology by one of Chevron's sub-licensees. The ruling would allow an earlier suit for patent infringement by Crown against the sub-licensee, Continental PET Technologies, to go forward. (That suit had been stayed until the court clarified the scope of licensing rights awarded by Crown to Chevron.) The technology at issue in the case, known as Oxbar, is now owned by Crown's subsidiary Constar International, a PET packaging producer that went public earlier this month. The Oxbar system incorporates a...

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