Vehicle Intelligence & Safety LLC v. Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, No. 13 C 4417, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 13, 2014) (Hart, Sen. J.).
Judge Hart denied defendant’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) motion to dismiss plaintiff’s patent infringement claims related to screening drivers for various types of impairment and “controlling operation” of the vehicle if the driver is impaired. While the parties’ briefs showed likely issues of patentability, the Court could not decide whether the claims were patent eligible without further discovery regarding how and whether computers were used in the patent-in-suit.