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ACS Loses Leadscope Case

An Ohio jury concluded on March 27 that the American Chemical Society must pay $19 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages to Leadscope Inc., a Columbus-based chemical informatics company that the society says infringed on its intellectual property. The society said "it would pursue appropriate posttrial motions" and, if necessary, an appeal of the jury's decision.

"ACS is, of course, disappointed in the result of the trial," said Michael G. Long, an attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, the firm that represented ACS. "Nonetheless, ACS continues to be committed to protecting its intellectual property. ACS remains confident in its position."

In 2002, ACS brought suit against Leadscope and three former ACS employees who founded the company: Paul E. Blower Jr., Wayne P. Johnson, and Glenn J. Myatt. All three had worked in ACS's Chemical Abstract Services division.

In the original suit, ACS alleged that the defendants improperly used ACS's intellectual property to develop, patent, and market Leadscope software products. The Leadscope defendants filed a counterclaim

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