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Carrum Technologies, LLC v. BMW of North America, LLC

United States District Court, D. Delaware

April 22, 2019

CARRUM TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC and BMW MANUFACTURING CO., LLC, Defendants.

          MEMORANDUM ORDER

         Presently before me is Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Under Rule 12(b)(6) for Patent Ineligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101. (D.I. 11). The Parties have fully briefed the issue. (D.I. 12, 17, 19). For the reasons set out below, I will deny Defendants' motion.

         I. Background

         Plaintiff filed this suit on October 23, 2018, alleging that Defendants' adaptive cruise control systems infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 7, 512, 475 ('"475 Patent") and 7, 925, 416 ('"416 Patent"). (D.I. 1). The asserted patents' shared specification discloses an adaptive cruise control system that "provides smooth vehicle control in turning situations both by limiting lateral acceleration during the vehicle turn and by eliminating braking for out-of-path targets." ('475 Patent at 2:47-50).

         The '475 Patent contains two independent and ten dependent claims that are directed at methods of adjusting driving speed based on measurements from lateral acceleration sensors. Independent claim 1 is exemplary:

         A method of controlling a vehicle having an adaptive cruise control system capable of controlling a vehicle speed and obtaining a vehicle lateral acceleration, said method comprising the steps of:

measuring a lateral acceleration from a lateral acceleration sensor;
detecting a change in a vehicle lateral acceleration based on a change in the measured lateral acceleration;
determining when the vehicle is in a turn based on the detected change in the vehicle lateral acceleration; and
if a vehicle is in a turn, reducing the vehicle speed according to the determination that the vehicle is in the turn and the detected change in the vehicle lateral acceleration.

('475 Patent, claim 1).

         The '416 Patent contains two independent and twelve dependent claims that are directed at a method and system for adjusting the speed of a vehicle with an adaptive cruise control system in response to a detected object. The independent claims are exemplary:

         A method of controlling a vehicle having an adaptive cruise control system capable of obtaining a vehicle lateral acceleration, said method comprising the steps of:

determining when the vehicle is in a turn based on a detected change in the vehicle ...

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