Business & Finance: Patent War

Great among steel companies is United States Steel. Great among steel companies is also Bethlehem Steel. Last week these two companies went to war. Bethlehem Steel alleged that U. S. Steel is violating certain of its patents, has been violating these patents for six years. It asks that U. S. Steel be enjoined from further patent-violation, that it pay damages to Bethlehem Steel.

The disputed patents, of which Bethlehem claims to be sole licensee, cover the construction of what is known as the Gray beam. In 1904, one Henry Gray took out patents on this beam, which is rolled from one piece...

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