Mercedes-Benz has been in the news recently for a patent infringement case against the company’s headrest air-scarf system.

The headrest air-scarf system is used on convertible Mercedes models and blows warm air through the headrest and onto the driver/passengers neck. Recently, the company came under fire after it was found that a Mr. Schatzinger holds the patent for such technology.

While Mr. Schatzinger has not filed suit against Mercedes-Benz for the use of the air-scarf, his patent holding company has. As such, a German court has ruled that Mercedes cannot sell vehicles with the air scarf equipped due to patent infringement.

Interestingly, however, is that the air scarf patent expires December 25 of this year. If the patent is not renewed it would appear as though Mercedes may get their air scarf system back in short order.

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