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Patent Trolls Target Ford

Small firms claim Ford stole patents.

by on Jul.06, 2011

A new lawsuit claims Ford has infringed on a number of patents with its Sync system and other technologies.

Patent trolls are after the Ford Motor Co.  Eagle Harbor and another firm, MediusTech LLC, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Tacoma, Washington, alleging the Detroit maker infringed on Eagle Harbor’s patents.

The suit claims Ford is using several automotive technologies, notably including the Sync infotainment system, Active Park assist, blind-spot identification with cross traffic alert, MyKey and stability control, without authorization.

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The lawsuit also claims Ford has used and continues to use the companies’ patented technology in multiple vehicle systems.

“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 Holdings, LLC.