Supreme Court Case Could Make Patent Lawsuits Easier on Domestic Automakers
A Supreme Court ruling between two food companies may benefit the Detroit Three and its many domestic suppliers.
The case of TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands focused on where plaintiffs in an intellectual property or patent infringement dispute can file a lawsuit. Current U.S. law dictates that the plaintiff may file a patent infringement suit in any court district where the defendant does business. This has saturated the Eastern District of Texas with countless patent and I.P. lawsuits. Plaintiffs prefer the region because rural Texas juries are more likely to rule against big businesses and the district is known for expediting proceedings.
According to a January study by the Stanford Technology Law Review, only about 15 percent of cases heard in the court actually involved a patent invented within the district or had an accused party that had an office in the area. However, the Supreme Court is expected to put the kibosh on the practice by forcing plaintiffs to try cases near the defendant’s headquarters — meaning domestic automakers could have the home field advantage in future legal proceedings.
PSA Wants GM's Chevy Bolt Technology; GM Throws Up Conditions
Apparently, the tidy sale of General Motors’ European division to French automaker PSA Group isn’t so clean-cut after all.
According to German publication Der Spiegel, PSA is looking to secure more than just the Opel and Vauxhall brands. It also wants a key bit of gear — one that would make the new European alliance market leaders in electric vehicle technology.
GM isn’t willing to let it go without a host of conditions.
Does This Ford Patent Spell the End of the Door Keypad?
Ford’s electronic keypad is a delightful throwback to the days when drivers would proudly unlock their new Town Car by punching in a code on the window sill, or just below the door handle.
However, a Ford patent published by Autoblog raises the possibility that the automaker might do away with the time-honored feature.
Mercedes-Benz Verdict Puts Neck-Warming Technology on Ice
Sales of scarves are poised to jump in Germany after a court ruled Mercedes-Benz can’t blow on its customer’s exposed necks.
A verdict from that country’s Federal Court of Justice just dug a temporary grave for the automaker’s “Airscarf” system, Carscoops reports, citing the German publication Automobilwoche.
The outcome of the automaker’s legal dispute with the company that holds the original 1996 patent means a “stop sale” order for models equipped with the warm air-blowing headrest.
What Automotive Patent Would You Hang on Your Wall?
The fine brain trust at How a Car Works has a great idea: print out free high-res patents and frame them because all our money goes to cars and not decorations, obviously.
It got our motors running. What would we want to hang on the walls?
Ram On Rampage Registering Patent for Built-in Bed Ramps
Today’s most alliterative award may go to truck maker Ram registering rear ramps recently.
The folks at Allpar detail the filing, which was reportedly made by engineers at Ram. The patent was awarded June 30 and details a system for bed-mounted sliding ramps.
The system, which could be called Ram Ramps, could complement other monosyllabic options such as Ram Box and Ram Dams (our suggestion for their active grille shutters).
While You Were Sleeping: Cadillac Minuses V8 ATS-V+, Volkswagen Picks Boring Font and Ford Releases Patents Into the Wild
The ATS-V+ rumored by Motor Trend is definitely not happening according to Cadillac spokesperson David Caldwell. The proposed new model would encroach too much into CTS-V territory for comfort.
Here’s what happened overnight.
General Motors Receives Patent To Sell 'Geoboxed' Radio Presets At Auction
General Motors recently received a patent allowing the automaker to sell your radio’s presets to the highest bidder at auction.
Patent Search Reveals Images Of 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, Sedan
Recently unearthed by an enthusiast forum, above is just one of the renders for the upcoming 2016 Honda Civic.
Hyundai Patent Shows Cell-Phone Disabling Technology
Can’t put down the smartphone while driving? Hyundai has a patent for technology that can render it as dumb as a Motorola DynaTAC.
Published Ford Patent Reveals 11-Speed Automatic Transmission
Ten-speed transmissions not enough? Ford is turning it up to 11 with an 11-speed automatic waiting in the wings.
Cadillac CT6 Lighter Than Similar Sedans Via Patent-Pending Construction
While the Cadillac CT6’s exterior may leave the B&B wanting, its lightweight structure may be more impressive.
BMW Files Two Patents For W3 Motorcycle Engines
BMW riders may soon find a W3 in place of a four-cylinder on their cruiser bikes.
Study: Samsung Rivals Apple Among Auto-Related Patent Holdings
Just like the ongoing fight between the two titans in the smartphone space, Samsung is Apple’s main rival in the auto industry.
Hyundai, South Korean Government Opening Fuel-Cell Innovation Hub
Hyundai Motor and the South Korean government are coming together to open a hydrogen innovation center to help spur a creative economy.