ROBERT BOSCH, LLC v. SNAP-ON INC., No. 14-1040 (Fed. Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Bosch owns the rights to the 313 patent, which claims a diagnostic tester that determines whether the computerized control unit in a motor vehicle needs to be reprogrammed. The claimed external diagnostic tester is made up of a “program recognition device” and a “program loading device,” the only two claim terms at issue. In Bosch’s infringement case, the court found those claim terms invalid as indefinite. The Federal Circuit affirmed, agreeing that the terms invoke 35 U.S.C. 112, paragraph 6 and that the specification does not disclose corresponding structure for the terms.