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Ask Chemicals, LP v. Computer Packages, Inc.
Citation:593 Fed. Appx. 506.
Ashland, a chemical company, produced riser sleeves for its “cold box” manufacturing process. In 1997, Ashland applied for a Japanese patent to protect the method it used to produce the riser sleeves. The ‘168 patent was issued in 2002. Ashland subsequently hired CPI to maintain the patent with Japan. In 2010, Ashland assigned the patent to ASK. However, CPI failed to make the ninth payment on the ‘168 patent and the patent lapsed.
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