Case Name: Magna Electronics, Inc. v. Hyundai Mobis, Co. Ltd. et al
Docket Number: 2:2012-cv-11411-SFC-LJM
Date Filed: 3/29/2012
Judge: Hon. Sean F. Cox
Magna Electronics, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed suit against Hyundai Mobis, Co. Ltd, Mobis America, Inc., Mobis Parts America, LLC, Mobis North America, LLC, American Autoparts, Inc., Mobis Alabama, LLC, and Mobis Georgia, LLC (collectively, the “Defendants”) for patent infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,222,447 (“the ‘447 patent”) entitled “Rearview Vision System With Indicia Of Backup Travel”, and 5,949,331 (the’ 331 patent”) entitled “Display Enhancements For Vehicle Vision System.” The ‘447 patent and ‘331 patent generally relate to vision systems for vehicles and, more particularly, to rearview vision systems which provide the vehicle operator with scenic information in the direction rearward of the vehicle.
Specifically, the Plaintiff alleged that Defendants made, imported, and sold products which incorporated Plaintiff’s patented products. The Defendants counterclaimed alleging the ‘447 patent and the ‘331 patent were invalid. A re-examination of the ‘447 patent and the ‘331 patent was filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) regarding patentability of each patent. On November 20, 2012, the court ordered a stay of the case pending the results of re-examination with USPTO. Ultimately, the case was dismissed on January 14, 2013 after the parties’ stipulated to dismiss without prejudice. The parties stipulated that either party may reinstate the case after the pending re-examinations become final and any appeals are exhausted. The USPTO has since issued certificates of correction for both patents.