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Jaguar Seeks to Block U.S. Imports of Porsche, Audi SUVs
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November 19, 2020
Christopher Yasiejko and Susan Decke



(Bloomberg) -- You wouldn’t know it was about Jags and Lambos, to judge by its rather dry name: In the Matter of Certain Vehicle Control Systems.

But that’s the complaint Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc filed on Thursday to block U.S. imports of Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi and Volkswagen sport utility vehicles it says are using its patented Terrain Response technology without permission.

Jaguar Land Rover, a British carmaker owned by India’s Tata Motors Ltd., said in its filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission that the technology helps negotiate a “broad range of surfaces” and is a key feature in Jaguar’s F-Pace and Land Rover Discovery vehicles.

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I read the patent issue. https://www.patentdocs.org/2019/09/jaguar-land-rover-ltd-v-bentley-motors-ltd-ed-va-2019.html Seems kind of broad what JLR is patenting. It is the old "computer controls X" is a patent. Doesn't practically every off road vehicle have computer control of subsystems and multiple mode settings for ice/mud/rock etc? Now if VW group stole the code, I could definitely see the lawsuit. But that is not what is alleged.
If so, why would they only target VW? Unless this is the tip of the iceberg and there will be more lawsuits coming.
 

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No surprises there
I saw a teleconference with a German tort lawyer based in the state of Lower Saxony in Germany. Since the state owns 20% of VW, the company has a measure of immunity because of the state's conflict of interest. They are miscreants, but he says that D Bank is the worst of all.

Remember during the 90's the GM executive in Europe who wore his watch on his right wrist because he said that it was wartime for GM? Who then absconded with Opel designs to his next employer? That was VW.
 

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If so, why would they only target VW? Unless this is the tip of the iceberg and there will be more lawsuits coming.
Patent trolls tend to target one at a time. It helps build the war chest for the next target. I despise patent trolls. Despise. They count on settling before trial since they make it cheaper to settle than to litigate for the opponent. Remember rarely when a troll loses do they pay opponent legal fees. I've been involved in one case where the "infringer" was not going to settle to make a point. They "won" and spent well over 10m defending themselves from an absurd patent. But the troll did not get any money. The US patent system has been better since inter partes review became the law in 2011, although there have been several challenges to it all denied by the Supreme Court.
<br><br>In this case it appears JLR is using the ITC as leverage instead and probably hoping to extort money from VW group with the threat of an import suspension while it works its way thru ITC. Again, I despise patent trolls. Despise.
 

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Patent trolls tend to target one at a time. It helps build the war chest for the next target. I despise patent trolls. Despise. They count on settling before trial since they make it cheaper to settle than to litigate for the opponent. Remember rarely when a troll loses do they pay opponent legal fees. I've been involved in one case where the "infringer" was not going to settle to make a point. They "won" and spent well over 10m defending themselves from an absurd patent. But the troll did not get any money. The US patent system has been better since inter partes review became the law in 2011, although there have been several challenges to it all denied by the Supreme Court.
<br><br>In this case it appears JLR is using the ITC as leverage instead and probably hoping to extort money from VW group with the threat of an import suspension while it works its way thru ITC. Again, I despise patent trolls. Despise.
I can see that as Jaguar appears to be struggling, maybe even enough to offset the profits from LR (just my guy feeling, I haven't seen their financials) - a little litigation to bring in needed cash. But at the same time, VW, as Greg Burr noted above, is a pretty sleazy company - I find it believable that they've stolen tech. So, two lines of thinking that I find plausible - I'll have to wait and see what the courts say!
 

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I can see that as Jaguar appears to be struggling, maybe even enough to offset the profits from LR (just my guy feeling, I haven't seen their financials) - a little litigation to bring in needed cash. But at the same time, VW, as Greg Burr noted above, is a pretty sleazy company - I find it believable that they've stolen tech. So, two lines of thinking that I find plausible - I'll have to wait and see what the courts say!
It's interesting that JLR would do this. But hey, if it's their patent, and they're not actually patent trolling, then it's their right to protect it.
I'm no patent lawyer so...

That being said, JLR has run into a financial issues, so having another cash stream for them would be nice.
But they're also pretty ahead of the game when it comes to electric power trains and BEV product timelines. So we know where their investment dollars are going.

Terrain Response is a cool technology that is perfect for LR and one they've had for some time.
 
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