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Benteler takes patent licence from Faurecia after long dispute

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Faurecia Intérieur Industrie, based in Nanterre, France, manufactures dashboards, center consoles and door panels for car interiors. It owns two patent families, EP 2 499 038 and EP 2 542 462, both of which concern dashboard crossmembers. Competitor Benteler supplies structural parts to the automotive industry, including VW for its MQB (Modular Transverse Toolkit) platform.

However, Faurecia considered both patent families infringed by Benteler’s products, with the parties fighting in several European courts since 2019.

In Spain (case ID: 1588/2020-3) and the Czech Republic (case ID: 41 Cm 45/2019), the French manufacturer sued for patent infringement. In Germany, the defendant pre-empted the patent owner and filed for a negative declaratory action at the Regional Court Düsseldorf (case ID: 4a O 30/20). Benteler wanted the court to clarify that the company did not infringe the patents in Germany. The hearing was scheduled to take place in October 2021.

Axel Oldekop

At the same time, Benteler initiated several proceedings to challenge the patent’s validity. This included an opposition against EP 038 before the EPO, a nullity suit before the Federal Patent Court against EP 462 (case ID: 1 Ni 6/20 (EP)) and a nullity suit against the Czech part of EP 038 before the Czech Intellectual Property Office.

The EPO’s opposition division upheld EP 038 in a limited form. Both parties lodged an appeal, which was still pending. The other infringement and validity proceedings were also still pending. Now the parties have agreed on a settlement.

As such, Benteler will take a licence from Faurecia for both patent families. The parties have agreed not to disclose further details of the settlement.

Coordination from Germany

Faurecia relied on an interoffice team from Preu Bohlig. Munich lead partner Axel Oldekop has a long-standing client relationship with the French automotive supplier. He also took over the international coordination of the individual proceedings in Germany, the Czech Republic and Madrid.

Axel Verhauwen

Axel Verhauwen

Nicolas Cornet of Lavoix provided support on technical issues. For years, the patent attorney firm has regularly advised Faurecia, for example in application proceedings at the EPO. However, the case was the first major collaboration between Preu Bohlig and Lavoix.

Benteler and Krieger Mes von der Groeben also have a relationship going back many years. Düsseldorf partner Axel Verhauwen regularly advises the client in patent disputes, filing the nullity suit for Benteler in the current case.

Patent connections

Mayer Brown also has a long-standing relationship with Benteler, particularly in corporate law. IP partner Christoph Crützen led the negotiations for the agreement in cooperation with Martin Pohl, Head of IP Management at Benteler.

He also coordinated the work of the law firms in the individual jurisdictions.

Bochum patent law firm Bockermann Ksoll Griepenstroh Osterhoff filed both the nullity suit at the Federal Patent Court, and the opposition at the EPO. Name partner Peter Ksoll also regularly acts for Benteler in application proceedings.

Christoph Crützen

For Faurecia
Preu Bohlig (Munich): Axel Oldekop, Konstantin Schallmoser (Paris); associate: Carl-Alexander Dinges (Hamburg)
Lavoix (Paris): Nicolas Cornet (patent attorney)
Abril Abogados (Madrid): Ignacio Temiño; associate: Jorge Oria Sousa-Montes
Šindelka Lachmannová
(Prague): Karel Šindelka, Eva Lachmannová
In-house (Nanterre): Christophe Vougny (Group Intellectual Property Director), Jérôme Mézière (Head of Intellectual Property), Lorleï Guery, Aurélia Roux, Anne-Caroline Groussin, Anne Delerable.

For Benteler
Mayer Brown (Düsseldorf): Christoph Crützen; associates: Maximilian Kücking, Benjamin Beck, Nina Gierschner
Krieger Mes & Graf v. der Groeben (Düsseldorf): Axel Verhauwen
Bockermann Ksoll Griepenstroh Osterhoff (Bochum): Peter Ksoll (patent attorney)
Elzaburu (Madrid): Colm Ahern
Havel & Partners
(Prague): Jan Šturm, Tomas Havelka, Anna Hlavacova
In-house (Paderborn): Martin Pohl (Head of IP Management)

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Source: https://www.juve-patent.com/news-and-stories/cases/benteler-takes-patent-licence-from-faurecia-after-long-dispute/

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Tesla Granted A New Patent For Laser Beam Technology That Cleans Windshields & Solar PV Assemblies

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Sawyer Merritt shared some exciting Tesla news regarding patents and laser beams today. Along with a screenshot of the patent, he summarized that Tesla had been granted a new patent for laser beams cleaning the debris off of a car windshield. The patent is for Pulsed Laser Cleaning of Debris Accumulated on Glass Articles In Vehicles and Photovoltaic Assemblies. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Tesla will replace windshield wipers, though. It could just be about cleaning solar panels, including solar panels built into cars.

The patent gives Tesla the exclusive right for the invention. In the filing, Tesla said:

“A cleaning system for a vehicle includes a beam optics assembly that emits a laser beam to irradiate a region on a glass article of the vehicle, debris detection circuitry that detects debris accumulated over the region, and control circuitry. The control circuitry calibrates a set of parameters associated with the laser beam emitted from the beam optics assembly based on detection of the debris accumulated over the region on the glass article, controls an exposure level of the laser beam on the debris accumulated based on calibration of the set of parameters associated with the laser beam, wherein the exposure level is controlled based on pulsing the laser beam at a calibrated rate that limits penetration of the laser beam to a depth that is less than a thickness of the glass article and removes the debris accumulated over the region on the glass article using the laser beam.”

Although this would most likely be used for vehicles, the name of the patent title shows that Tesla has plans for the laser beams other than just in/on vehicles. It can be used in cleaning solar panels and tiles for building roofs. Now, before we go rushing to conclusions about Tesla and lasers, it’s also important to remember that just because they have a patent for the technology doesn’t mean they will use it. Many things get patented and never used. It should be noted, however, that the Cybertruck prototype doesn’t have any windshield wipers. Tesla could use this technology for the Cybertruck.

 

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Source: https://cleantechnica.com/2021/09/08/tesla-granted-a-new-patent-for-laser-beam-technology-that-cleans-windshields-and-pv-assemblies/

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BofA gets record patents as lender focuses on machine learning

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Inventors at Bank of America Corp. kept originating ideas, leading to a record-setting first half of the year, even while continuing to work from home.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the lender 227 patents in the first six months of 2021, up 23% from a year earlier, Bank of America said in a statement Thursday. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company set its previous patent record in the first half of last year, when it was granted 184 amid the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We’re in a period of unprecedented change, and as any great company knows, delivering for customers and clients requires a strong focus on innovation,” Cathy Bessant, the company’s chief operations and technology officer, said in the statement. “The culture we’ve created at Bank of America is immensely creative and forward-looking.”

Bessant leads a technology team at Bank of America with a $14 billion budget. The company spends $10 billion of that on technology each year, $3 billion of which is set aside for new innovations, according to a spokesperson for the bank. For 2021, Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan increased the new-initiative budget to $3.4 billion.

About 40% of the patents granted to Bank of America in the first half of the year relate to artificial intelligence or machine learning. The firm also pursued new technology related to blockchain, payment technology and data mining and analytics. The bank said it applied for a total of 722 patents last year, despite 85% of employees working from home during the pandemic, and was granted a record 444.

One of Bank of America’s inventors, Manu Kurian, has filed more than 360 patents since 2014. A senior vice president in the firm’s global banking technology division, Kurian ranks among the top 300 patent holders in the world, with more than 220 granted to date.

During the pandemic, “the team was able to grow the interaction with our clients to become more digital, while maintaining the high-touch experience,” Kurian said in an interview. He develops patents related to data and optimization, connecting clients across key segments of the bank. “We always had continuous improvement, but there has been more integration.”

The bank has received or applied for a total of 4,943 patents, stemming from the work of almost 6,000 inventors in 42 U.S. states and 13 countries. Its patents are often cited by other inventors, Bank of America said, with more than 2,800 patents and applications from a range of industries, including technology, citing the lender’s patents so far this year.

— Katherine Doherty (Bloomberg Mercury)

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Source: https://bankautomationnews.com/allposts/retail/bofa-gets-record-patents-as-lender-focuses-on-machine-learning/

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Google infringed on five Sonos patents, according to preliminary ruling

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Way back in January 2020, Sonos sued Google over patent infringement. Today, the streaming speaker company scored an early victory with the U.S. International Trade Commission. A preliminary ruling penned by ITC chief administrative law judge Charles Bullock finds that Google infringed on five patents.

“Today the ALJ has found all five of Sonos’ asserted patents to be valid and that Google infringes on all five patents,” Sonos Chief Legal Officer Eddie Lazarus said in a statement to TechCrunch. “We are pleased the ITC has confirmed Google’s blatant infringement of Sonos’ patented inventions. This decision re-affirms the strength and breadth of our portfolio, marking a promising milestone in our long-term pursuit to defend our innovation against misappropriation by Big Tech monopolies.”

The finding is still very much early days for what’s likely to be an even more protracted battled battle between the two companies. Sonos’ complaint stems from Google’s own family of streaming speakers. Google entered the category, long dominated by Sonos, roughly four and a half years ago with the original Home speaker. The line now includes a number of products now listed under the Nest banner.

“Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology,” Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said in a statement when the suit was initially filed. “Despite our repeated and extensive efforts over the last few years, Google has not shown any willingness to work with us on a mutually beneficial solution. We’re left with no choice but to litigate.”

Sonos noted similar issues with Amazon devices (Google’s chief competitor in the category) at the time, but the company opted to focus its time, money and resources on a battle with Google, instead.

Ultimately, Sonos is hoping to use the ITC to block the import of those smart speakers, along with other Google hardware, including the Chromecast and Pixels. Such a decision would be a massive hit to Google’s hardware ambitions. A final ruling isn’t expected until December 13, however, after which point a potential import ban would take 60 days to go into effect.

“We do not use Sonos’ technology, and we compete on the quality of our products and the merits of our ideas,” Google Spokesperson José Castañeda said in a statement. “We disagree with this preliminary ruling and will continue to make our case in the upcoming review process.”

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/08/13/google-infringed-on-five-sonos-patents-according-to-preliminary-ruling/

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Tesla Has Over 580 Patents, Reflecting Its Focus On Technology, Safety, & Innovation

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Nikkei Asia has published an interesting read on Tesla’s patent numbers, which now number in the hundreds and cover a wide variety of topics. It seems like Tesla has a new patent for something every other day. Nikkei conducted the study in collaboration with Intellectual Property Landscape, a Tokyo analytics company, and the two found […]
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Source: https://cleantechnica.com/2021/08/10/tesla-has-over-580-patents-reflecting-its-focus-technology-safety-innovation/

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