Judge Nixes VW's Defense In Parking Brake IP Suit

Law360, New York (June 3, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Idaho found Thursday that 55 Brake Co. Inc. did not obtain a patent for an electronic parking brake system through inequitable conduct, delivering a setback to Volkswagen Group of America Inc.'s defense against the electronic brake manufacturer's infringement claims.

After a bench trial on the issue, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill found that U.S. Patent Number 6,450,587's inventors did not mislead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when applying for the patent. The judge also shot down Volkswagen's claim that 55...
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