Law Of Nature Kills Patent In Car Noise Case, Judge Says

Law360 (March 1, 2018, 10:04 PM EST) -- A Delaware federal judge has killed an American Axle patent that covers a system of reducing vibration noise from the power components and drivelines in cars, ending an infringement suit the company asserted against Neapco Holdings after finding it claims nothing more than a patent-ineligible law of nature.

U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark on Tuesday determined that claims of the patent American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. asserted against automotive Neapco Holdings LLC are directed to laws of nature and are therefore unpatentable under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 Mayo v. Prometheus decision.

The Mayo decision essentially held that because laws of...

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