Inventors Target Nissan In Coating Patent Suit

Law360, San Diego (September 22, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT) -- Two former University of Texas at Dallas employees launched a suit Wednesday in Texas federal court accusing Japan-based Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its U.S. units of infringing patents covering a diamondlike coating.

Former UTD professor Carl B. Collins and former research scientist Farzin Davanloo allege Nissan, Nissan North America Inc. and Nissan Technical Center North America Inc. violated two patents by making valve lifters and bearings used in cars and car parts and selling the products in the U.S. through retailers.

The patents-at-issue are U.S....
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