ArvinMeritor Sues Eaton Corp. Over Transmission Patent

Law360 (August 30, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Auto parts supplier ArvinMeritor, Inc. has sued rival Eaton Corp. for infringement over a transmission patent.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, seeks an injunction to stop the sale of Eaton Transmission models UltraShift and AutoShift, which use this technology, as well as for damages for past infringement.

The patent covers an ArvinMeritor transmission automation technology, which was developed for the ArvinMeritor ESS transmission, a model that has been superceded by higher technology, ArvinMeritor said.

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