California
24 October 2016
Reporter: Barney Dixon

BMW ignores red light


BMW has infringed two patents relating to smart home technology and mobile applications, according to a lawsuit filed by West View Research in California.

The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California on 17 October, alleges that despite BMW’s knowledge of the existence of the patents, “[BMW] continues to encourage, instruct, enable and otherwise aid and abet third parties ... in a manner that directly infringes.”

West View alleged that BMW infringed the patents through its vehicles, services and software, including its BMW Assist, Online and iDrive products, and through partnership with Samsung in vehicle/smart home integration.

“[BMW] knew and know that their actions ... would induce, have induced and continues to induce direct infringement of the patent[s],” West View claimed in its complaint.

It said that the acts of patent infringement are causing “irreparable harm” to West View and will continue to do so until BMW is prohibited from infringing.

West View initiated a separate action against BMW in 2014, in which it alleged infringement of several patents, but the case is still pending.

West View is an inventorship and patent licensing company located in San Diego, California, according its its website.

Its patent portfolio consists of numerous issued patents and pending applications including “groundbreaking” technology relating to speech recognition, mobile wireless devices, radio frequency identification/near-field communication, wireless payment, telematics, advertising, maps and navigation, ‘smart’ shipping technology, elevators, and medical devices.

More Patents news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
Anaqua launches new patent analytics platform
03 October 2017 | Boston | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Anaqua has launched a new software platform that offers new integrated dashboards and patent analytics that will help users to find new opportunities
Red Hat expands Patent Promise
22 September 2017 | Raleigh | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Open-source software provider Red Hat has revised its Patent Promise, which was initially intended to discourage patent aggression against free and open-source software
ITC investigations double in 2016
28 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Section 337 investigations instituted at the US International Trade Commission nearly doubled in 2016, according to the ITC’s Year In Trade figures
USPTO presents patent subject matter eligibility viewpoints
26 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a new report detailing public viewpoints on the appropriate boundaries of patent-eligible subject matter
Congressmen Issa and Goodlatte hit out at Judge Gilstrap
20 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Two members of the House judiciary committee have criticised Judge Rodney Gilstrap for his interpretation of TC Heartland v Kraft Foods
European Commission to investigate Qualcomm
13 June 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Qualcomm is under investigation over competition concerns about its proposed acquisition of semiconductor rival NXP
Michelle Lee resigns as USPTO director
07 June 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Michelle Lee notified staff that she would be standing down from her post, but offered no reason for her sudden departure