Acacia Subsidiary Targets Third Automotive Company in Three New Suits

  • October 16, 2012

American Vehicular Sciences filed three separate suits against Hyundai, asserting a number of patents related to vehicular components.  The three suits involve  patents related to safety and infotainment features.  American Vehicular Sciences, a subsidiary of Acacia Research, has filed a dozen prior suits since June 2012 including five against BMW and seven against Toyota.  David Breed is the named inventor on the patents-in-suit, which originated with Automotive Technologies International (ATI) and were assigned to American Vehicular Sciences in April 2012.  According to ATI’s website, the company was formed by Breed, “a highly respected scientist in the field of automotive safety,” in 1998.  In 2006, ATI filed suit against BMW in a case that appears to still be pending. (1:2006cv00391).  10/15, Eastern District of Texas, no judge yet assigned, 6:2012cv00774; 6:2012cv00775; 6:2012cv00776.


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