Case Name: Robert Bosch LLC v. Snap-On Incorporated

Docket Number: 2:2012-cv-11503-RHC-MKM

Date Filed: 4/4/2012

Judge: Hon. Robert H. Cleland

Status: Closed  

Bosch filed suit for patent infringement against Snap-On regarding U.S. Patent No. 6,782,313 (“the ‘313 patent”) entitled “Diagnostic Test Device For Motor Vehicle With Programmable Control Devices.” The ‘313 patent generally relates to a diagnostic tester for motor vehicles with programmable control units. Snap-On counterclaimed alleging the patent was invalid and/or the patent was misused. On May 23, 2013, the court entered a stipulated order dismissing Snap-On’s counterclaim. The court entered final judgment for the Defendants finding the ‘313 patent invalid due to indefiniteness of the claim terms “program recognition device” and “program loading device.” On October 23, 2013, Bosch filed an appeal of the court’s judgment. The parties also continued to fight over the issue of attorney’s fees and cost until May 2015.  On May 1, 2015, an order dismissing the case with prejudice was signed by the Hon. Robert H. Cleland. Each party was ordered to bear their own costs and fees.