Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Bosch Sued by Drew Technologies for Motor Vehicle Display

Plaintiff: Drew Technologies

Defendants: Robert Bosch LLC, Bosch Engineering North America, Robert Bosch GmbH and Bosch Engineering GmbH.

Case Number: 2:12-cv-15622

Date Filed: December 21, 2012

Court: Michigan Eastern District Court

Patent-in-Suit: US7786851

The ‘851 patent is currently assigned[i] to Drew Technologies (source: Maxval’s Assignment Database). The patent entitled Data acquisition and display system for motor vehicle was issued on August 31, 2010 and expires[ii] on August 09, 2027. 

The patent discloses a data acquisition and display system for a motor vehicle. The data acquisition and display system scans and displays data from the vehicle’s on-board computer while also permitting the configuration of multiple images communicating the information from a vehicle’s on-board computer in one display. 

About the Parties:
Drew Technologies manufactures and markets vehicle communication tools for the automobile industry. The company provides network reprogramming, diagnostics, data acquisition, and communications interface solutions for automobiles. Additionally, it designs and develops network interface tools for automobiles, heavy duty trucks, and CAN networks. The company markets its products under brand names including CarDAQ-Plus, ScanDAQ, Mongoose, CarDAQ-DV, DashDAQ, ScanDAQ-Truck, and JVCI. 

Robert Bosch supplies automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in the United States. The company operates through five divisions: Automotive Technology, Innovations Software Solutions, Healthcare, Consumer Goods and Building Technology, and Industrial Technology. 

As in Complaint:
Plaintiff alleges that the defendants manufacture and market Bosch Display DDU7 (see Fig.1) that infringes the ‘851 patent. It is a device that can be mounted on the dashboard of a motor vehicle with a programmable display and data logging system that allows engine data from a vehicle’s electronic control unit to be displayed on the screen in configurable visual images such as bar graphs, gauges or numeric indicators. Robert Bosch GmbH and Bosch Engineering GmbH manufacture Bosch Display DDU7 in Germany and ship to Robert Bosch LLC and Bosch Engineering North America to market in the US.
Fig. 1
Other Cases Filed:
Plaintiff had filed a declaratory judgement (2:11-cv-15068) against Robert Bosch on November 16, 2011 which is closed. 

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[i] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.
[ii] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.

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