ArvinMeritor Prevails In Auto Parts Patent Battle

Law360 (October 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- After five years of drawn-out litigation, a German auto parts manufacturer and its U.S. distributor ArvinMeritor Inc. have successfully warded off the last two of 11 transmission patent infringement claims initially brought by Eaton Corp.

On Thursday, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in favor of German auto maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG and ArvinMeritor, dismissing Ohio-based Eaton’s infringement claims on the ZF FreedomLine transmission.

The dispute over transmission patents began in December 2003, when Eaton requested an International...
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