WASHINGTON — The U.S. Worldwide Commerce Fee (ITC) stated on Monday it’s opening in investigation into whether or not Volkswagen Group infringed on patents held by Jaguar Land Rover for a system used for off-road driving.
In November, Jaguar Land Rover filed a grievance with the ITC looking for to prevent the import of some VW, Porsche, Lamborghini and Audi fashions with “sure automobile management programs” that allegedly infringe on its patents.
The fashions embrace the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne and Audi’s Q8, Q7, Q5, A6 Allroad, and e-tron automobiles and the VW Tiguan. The ITC stated it has made no choice on the deserves.
VW stated in a press release it was analyzing the motion and figuring out its subsequent steps.
“We’ll in fact cooperate with investigating authorities. Whereas we can not touch upon any particulars of the proceedings, we strongly imagine that the claims haven’t any advantage and can robustly defend our place,” VW stated.
Jaguar Land Rover stated the automobiles “have used JLR’s patented innovations with out cost or permission” notably a patent for an “improved system for driving a automobile on completely different driving surfaces, specifically off-road.”
JLR says its Terrain Response know-how makes use of the patented know-how to maximise efficiency on off-road driving surfaces, together with grass, snow, mud, sand and rocks.