Raghav Bajaj in Bloomberg Law: Cruise Control Patent Partly Wiped Out at Agency Tribunal


Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Raghav Bajaj commented in a Bloomberg Law News article about client Unified Patents successfully convincing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate part of a vehicle cruise control patent that major automakers were sued for infringing.

Bajaj, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, served as lead counsel in representing Unified Patents. Unified was also represented by Haynes and Boone Partners David McCombs and Clint Wilkins and in-house attorneys Jonathan Stroud, Roshan Mansinghani, and David Seastrunk.

Here is an excerpt:

Claims in Carrum Technologies LLC’s 7,925,416 patent are invalid because they are obvious in light of prior inventions, the board said in a decision entered Wednesday.

The Patent and Trademark Office tribunal decision comes amid a dispute between Carrum and BMW North America and Ford Motor Company involving the ‘416 patent, which covers a process for controlling a vehicle with adaptive cruise control. ACC systems can automatically adjust speed to keep a distance from other vehicles.

“Unified appreciates the Board’s comprehensive analysis and is pleased with the outcome,” Raghav Bajaj, a Haynes and Boone, LLP patent attorney representing Unified, said in an email. Unified is a membership group that files PTAB challenges against nonpracticing entities.

Carrum had sued BMW and Ford in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware for allegedly infringing the patent via vehicles with ACC systems. Ford is a member of Unified Patents.

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