Siemens, Wabtec Train Control IP Trial To Open In Del.

Law360 (January 11, 2019, 6:54 PM EST) -- An eight-day trial over the alleged infringement of eight Siemens Mobility Inc. patents used in "positive train control" systems is slated to open in Delaware federal court Monday, the culmination of a dispute rooted in broader competition for a multibillion-dollar, multiyear rail network safety upgrade.

The suit revolves around patents associated with automated PTC systems that together slow or stop trains when not operating safely or when encountering unsafe conditions, and allegations that Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp. and Wabtec Railway Electronics Inc. infringed those patents.

Congress passed legislation in 2008 that gave 40 railroads until Dec. 31, 2018, to adopt...

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