Representative Matters

Successfully represented French steelmakers Sollac and Ugine (then subsidiaries of Usinor, now Arcelor) against AK Steel’s accusation that Sollac infringed six patents relating to aluminum-coated stainless steel, which is highly desirable and profitable for automotive applications due to its appearance and corrosion resistance. Despite defending against this six-patent attack in Ohio, AK’s home state and the heart of America’s steel industry, Sollac defeated AK with respect to all six patents after district court and appellate court proceedings. Due to the strength of this victory, Sollac then received a monetary settlement from patentee AK to resolve a related antitrust countersuit. AK Steel v. Sollac, 344 F.3d 1234 ((Fed. Cir. 2003).

Represented Orion Corporation Fermion against Tanabe Seiyaku Co. and Marion Merrel Dow Inc. in a case claiming patent infringement involving diltiazem. At the Federal Circuit, the ITC’s finding of no infringement was affirmed. Tanabe Seiyaku Co. v. U.S. International Trade Commission, 109 F.3d 726 (Fed. Cir. 1997).