Audi, Others Can’t Escape IP Suit Over Fuel Use Technology

Law360, New York (September 22, 2016, 7:45 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday that Audi, Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz must face allegations brought by a company that claims to hold the patent for technology that alerts drivers when they are burning too much fuel.

U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah ruled that a patent held by Velocity Patent LLC wasn’t indefinite because it failed to set boundaries on the term “excessive fuel.” The fuel amount needed to be burned by an engine before a driver is alerted does not have to be precisely measured in the patent, Judge Darrah said.

“The patent provides a general guideline and examples sufficient...

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