Bainbridge Island, Washington – Ford has been sued for patent infringement by a company that claims the automaker has used its technology without authorization in several of its vehicles.
The lawsuit, brought by Eagle Harbor Holdings of Washington State, charges that Ford has used and continues to use patented technology in multiple vehicle systems, including SYNC, active park assist, blind spot identification system, cross-traffic alert, integrated control systems for stability control and MyKey.
“Our representatives began meeting with Ford in 2002 to discuss and disclose our patented automotive systems technology and its applicability for use in Ford vehicles,” said Jeffrey Harmes, general counsel for Eagle Harbor. “These meetings continued until 2008, when Ford stopped communications with us. In early 2009 we informed Ford that its automotive audio systems infringed on our patents. In March 2010, we again informed Ford that its automotive electronics systems, including Ford SYNC, infringed on our patents. Unfortunately, despite our many efforts to communicate with Ford and resolve these issues, Ford continues to refuse to license its use of our patented technology.”
The lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Tacoma, Washington.