Case Name: Magna Electronics, Inc. v. Valeo, Incorporated et al
Docket Number: 2:13-cv-11376-AC-DRG
Date Filed: 3/28/2013
Judge: Hon. Avern Cohn
Status: Pending

On March 28, 2013, Magna Electronics, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) brought suit against Valeo, Incorporated, Valeo S. A., Valeo GmbH, Valeo Shalter und Sensoren GmbH, Valeo Vision Systems, and Connaught Electronics Ltd. (“Defendants”) alleging that the Defendants infringed United States Patent Nos. 7,859,565, 7,877,175, 7,991,522, and 8,386,114 (collectively, “the Patents-in-Suit”).  The Patents-in-Suit disclose imaging systems for vehicles.  Specifically, Patent No. 7,859,565 discloses a vehicle rearview vision system that utilizes image capture devices, such as CMOS imaging arrays.  One of the major purposes of the invention is eliminate exterior rearview mirrors by utilizing image capture devices. 

Patent Nos. 7,877,175; 7,991,522; and 8,386,114 disclose an imaging system for a vehicle that includes an imaging array sensor and control.  The image array and sensor comprises a plurality of photo-sensing pixels that can capture a field of view of the vehicle’s exterior.  The invention is intended to provide an object detection system, such as a blind spot detection system, lane change assistance devise, lane departure warning system, and so on.

 The Defendants filed a Motion to Stay on December 6, 2014.  The court granted the Defendants’ unopposed Motion to Stay pending the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeals Board.  As of July 25, 2014, this case was stayed pending the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

On April 11, 2016, Plaintiffs filed a motion to lift the stay as all inter partes review proceedings involving the patents in suit have been completed and all appeals have been terminated.  On April 15, 2016, the parties held a status conference and the case was consolidated with case no. 13-11376. Additionally, the stay in case no. 13-11376 was lifted. Further, liability and damages were bifurcated and discovery on damages was stayed. An amended complaint was filed on May 23, 2016. The case is currently pending.