Ford Motor Company has cleared its name in federal court, proving itself innocent of allegedly using four patents owned by Washington state-based tech company Eagle Harbor Holdings without license.
Automotive News reports that Eagle Harbor first brought the suit against the automaker back in 2011, seeking $240 million in damages. The technology firm alleged that Ford Motor Company had ripped-off four patents in systems like SYNC infotainment and the carmaker’s parking assist.
Ford maintained its innocence, even going so far as to countersue with allegations that Eagle Harbor had stolen SYNC-related trade secrets through an employee of a Ford Motor Company supplier, in order to patent them and levy this lawsuit to elicit cash. A jury in Tacoma, Washington last week not only found Ford innocent of patent infringement, but even ruled in the automaker’s favor regarding the alleged trade secret theft.
AN reports that while Eagle Harbor Holdings could not be reached for comment following the jury’s ruling, Ford Motor Company was thrilled with the verdict, stating:
“We are pleased with the results of this case and the company will continue to defend itself against meritless claims.”