A Jaguar Land Rover lawsuit seeks to dam United States imports of sure Volkswagen Group SUVs, claiming the German automaker illegally copied its Terrain Response system, Bloomberg reported final week.
JLR is asking the U.S. Worldwide Commerce Fee to cease imports for Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, and VW SUVs, claiming their use of methods that change automobile parameters for various kinds of terrain represents patent infringement.
“JLR seeks to guard itself and its United States operations from corporations which have injected infringing merchandise into the U.S. market that incorporate, with none license from JLR, know-how developed by JLR and guarded by its patent,” Matthew Moore, the automaker’s lawyer, mentioned within the submitting.
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The automobiles particularly focused by the lawsuit embrace the Audi Q5, Q7, Q8, E-Tron, and A6 Allroad wagon; Lamborghini Urus; Porsche Cayenne; and VW Tiguan.
The alleged patent infringement primarily issues Land Rover, which has used Terrain Response, and off-road functionality usually, as a key differentiator towards a rising variety of opponents. Designed to make off-roading easier, the system has modes for various kinds of terrain, resembling “Sand,” “Mud and Ruts,” and “Rock Crawl,” all of which the motive force selects with the twist of a knob.
In 2018, JLR sued Bentley, claiming the Drive Dynamics system within the Bentayga (which shares a platform with the Q7, Q8, Urus, and Cayenne) copied Terrain Response. Bentley sought to invalidate JLR’s patents in each district courtroom and with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace’s assessment board—unsuccessfully. A trial involving that case is scheduled for February, in accordance with Bloomberg.
Notably, JLR shouldn’t be pursuing litigation towards Ford and Jeep, which have terrain methods of their very own, although Land Rover probably developed its system whereas it was nonetheless underneath Ford possession.