ArvinMerior, ZF promise vigorous defense against patent infringement claims

ArvinMeritor and ZF said Dec. 15 they are committed to a vigorous defense against the legal actions launched by Eaton in connection with the ZF Meritor FreedomLine truck transmission. Eaton filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 2 against ArvinMeritor, ZF Friedrichshafen AG and ZF Merior, saying the FreedomLine transmission system infringes on Eaton’s patent rights. Eaton also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission. Wolfgang Vogel, executive vice president of commercial vehicle and special driveline technology for ZF Friedrichshafen AG, said the company stands by its technology and is confident it will prevail.