Patent row may impact copper, brass mills

Aug 14, 2014 | 07:07 PM | Saranya Kapur

Tags  copper, brass, alloy patent, Eco Brass, Conbraco Industries, Mitsubishi Shindoh, Chase Brass, Global Brass & Copper Holdings Saranya Kapur

NEW YORK — Copper and brass mills and ingot makers who have been granted a license for the Eco Brass copper alloy could be adversely impacted by a patent dispute between Conbraco Industries Inc. and Mitsubishi Shindoh Co. Ltd.

An "adverse result" from the litigation "could lead to increased competition and negatively impact our volumes and/or margins, Global Brass & Copper Holdings Inc., the Schaumburg, Ill.-based parent of rod manufacturer Chase Brass & Copper Co. LLC, said in its latest quarterly earnings report.

"Additionally, if the technologies upon which we rely infringe upon the patents or proprietary rights of third parties, we may be unable to continue using such technologies or we may face lawsuits related to our past use of these technologies. Furthermore, our competitors, who have made significant investments in competing technologies or products, may seek to apply for and obtain patents that will prevent, limit or interfere with our ability to make or sell our products or provide our services," the company said.....

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