Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Beacon Navigation GmbH v. Chrysler Group, LLC

Case Name: Beacon Navigation GmbH v. Chrysler Group, LLC
Docket Number: 2:13-cv-11378-PJD-MAR
Date Filed: 3/28/2013
Judge: Hon. Victoria A. Roberts
Status: Pending
On March 28, 2013, Beacon Navigation GmbH (“Plaintiff”) brought suit against Chrysler Group, LLC (“Defendant”) alleging that the Defendant infringed United States Patent Nos. 6,360,167 and 5,878,368 (collectively, “the Patents-in-Suit”).  Patent No. 6,360,167 discloses a vehicle navigation system with location-based multi-media annotations.  The navigation system provides multi-media annotations, such as text, graphics, and/or audio, based on the present location of the vehicle.  The navigation system includes a wireless communication system, which interacts with and provides further location-based multi-media annotations.

  Patent No. 5,878,368 discloses a navigation system with user definable cost values.  The navigation system will determine a route from a selected beginning point to a desired destination by evaluating the “cost” of the road segments to be traveled.  Once the cost is determined, the navigation system will recommend the route with the lowest total cost.  The navigation system may factor in congestion levels, highway preference and avoidance, and toll road preference and avoidance in determining the recommended route.

This action, among many others, was transferred from Delaware to Michigan on March 28, 2013.  On May 30, 2013, the Plaintiff filed a Motion to Amend the Complaint and a Motion to Consolidate Cases.  The Defendant did not oppose consolidation, but did oppose the Amended Complaint filing.  The Plaintiff claims that it is in the court’s best interest to allow the amendment because it would save both judicial and party resources.  Before the court could issue an order on the motions, however, Judge Duggan signed an order staying the case pursuant to the court’s August 12, 2013 order in case numbers 13-cv-11389 and 13-cv-11511, which stayed the cases pending the results of a re-examination notice filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office questioning patentability of the Patents-in-Suit. Judge Duggan signed the order on September 17, 2013.  The case was reassigned to the honorable Victoria A. Roberts on October 19, 2015. A status conference was conducted on December 15, 2015. The following issues were discussed during the status conference: pending motions including Beacon’s Request to Lift the Stay and Consolidate the cases, Consolidation (all pretrial proceedings and validity trial), claim construction, lead counsel, scheduling order, dismissal with prejudice as requested by Defendants), and bifurcation of liability and damages (as requested by defendants).  On December 22, 2015, an order was entered by the Court relating to (1) dismissal of specified claims, (2) limitation on remaining claims, (3) litigation before the USPTO, (4) denial of motions to dismiss, (5) delayed grant of the requests to consolidate, and (6) stay. Specifically, the following claims were dismissed with prejudice as a result of reexamination:

·         Claim 1 (US 6,374,180)

·         Claims 1, 26, and 29 (US 6,178,380)

·         Claims 1, 2-3, 5-6, 10-13, 17-20, and 22 (US 6,029,111)

·         Claims 1 and 32 (US 6,360,167)

·         Claims 1, 12, and 18 (US 5,819,201)

·         Claims 1, 7, and 11 (US 6,163,269)

·         Claims 1 and 15 (US 5,878,368)

As a result, Claims 1 and 3 of US 5,862,511 remain in suit. Defendants’ requested the opportunity to challenge the claims remaining in suit in the USPTO. In response to this request, the Court ordered Defendants to take action within 120 days of the order or the Court would reevaluate its position on stay. The Court also denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss without prejudice, declines to grant consolidation, and continued to stay the case to allow Defendants to pursue USPTO review. Currently, the case is still stayed. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Magna Electronics, Inc. v. Valeo, Incorporated et al

Case Name: Magna Electronics, Inc. v. Valeo, Incorporated et al
Docket Number: 2:13-cv-11376-AC-DRG
Date Filed: 3/28/2013
Judge: Hon. Avern Cohn
Status: Pending

On March 28, 2013, Magna Electronics, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) brought suit against Valeo, Incorporated, Valeo S. A., Valeo GmbH, Valeo Shalter und Sensoren GmbH, Valeo Vision Systems, and Connaught Electronics Ltd. (“Defendants”) alleging that the Defendants infringed United States Patent Nos. 7,859,565, 7,877,175, 7,991,522, and 8,386,114 (collectively, “the Patents-in-Suit”).  The Patents-in-Suit disclose imaging systems for vehicles.  Specifically, Patent No. 7,859,565 discloses a vehicle rearview vision system that utilizes image capture devices, such as CMOS imaging arrays.  One of the major purposes of the invention is eliminate exterior rearview mirrors by utilizing image capture devices. 

Patent Nos. 7,877,175; 7,991,522; and 8,386,114 disclose an imaging system for a vehicle that includes an imaging array sensor and control.  The image array and sensor comprises a plurality of photo-sensing pixels that can capture a field of view of the vehicle’s exterior.  The invention is intended to provide an object detection system, such as a blind spot detection system, lane change assistance devise, lane departure warning system, and so on.

 The Defendants filed a Motion to Stay on December 6, 2014.  The court granted the Defendants' unopposed Motion to Stay pending the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeals Board.  As of July 25, 2014, this case was stayed pending the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

On April 11, 2016, Plaintiffs filed a motion to lift the stay as all inter partes review proceedings involving the patents in suit have been completed and all appeals have been terminated.  On April 15, 2016, the parties held a status conference and the case was consolidated with case no. 13-11376. Additionally, the stay in case no. 13-11376 was lifted. Further, liability and damages were bifurcated and discovery on damages was stayed. An amended complaint was filed on May 23, 2016. The case is currently pending.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Drew Technologies, Inc. v. Robert Bosch, L.L.C. et al

Case Name: Drew Technologies, Inc. v. Robert Bosch, L.L.C. et al
Docket Number: 4:12-cv-15622-TGB-MKM
Date Filed: 12/21/2012
Judge: Terrence G. Berg
Status: Closed

            Drew Technologies, Inc. filed suited against Robert Bosch, LLC, Bosch Engineering GmbH, Bosch Engineering North America, and Robert Bosch GmbH for patent infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,786,851 entitled “Data Acquisition and Display System for Motor Vehicle.”  The patent generally relates to a display device for use in a motor vehicle and more particularly to a digital display system that integrates with the vehicle's on-board computer as well as peripheral devices for acquisition and display of information in a user configurable format. On May 1, 2015, the parties submitted a stipulation and order of dismissal, agreeing to dismiss the case with prejudice based on a settlement agreement between the parties. Accordingly, the court ordered dismissal on May 5, 2015.