Honda, Toyota, and BMW Caught Up in U.S. Patent Violation Probe
The United States will look into components employed byÂ some Japanese and German automakers to see if any vehicle models sold in the country violate patent laws. Probes will be conducted into 25 automakers and parts suppliers by the U.S. International Trade Commission, including Honda, Toyota, and BMW, as well as popular Japanese parts suppliers Aisin and Denso.
Intellectual Ventures II filed a complaint in March alleging thermoplastic parts used in motors, power steering units, water pumps, and other drivetrainÂ components were being implemented in vehicles without its knowledge. It believesÂ the companies are infringing on its patent rights and have reachedÂ out to the Trade Commission to conduct an investigation.Â
According to Automotive News, the filing includes numerous high-volume vehicles sold in the U.S. â€” the most notable being the 2017 Honda Accord, 2016 Toyota Camry, and 2016 BMW 2 Series.Â While spokespersons from Honda, BMW, Aisin and Denso have yet to respond to the allegations, Toyota declined to comment on the matter entirely.
Intellectual Ventures is a private company focusing specifically on the expansionÂ and licensing of intellectual properties. While it didn’t develop any of the related technology, it currently owns numerous patents on high-temperature polymers andÂ licenses themÂ to third parties.
The USITC said on FridayÂ itÂ has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case, but would set a target date to begin the investigation and complete the probeÂ within 45 days.
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May 1, 2017 at 06:48AM