BMW received a patent lawsuit from a hybrid technology developerNovember 25, 2019
The American company Paice sued the German automaker for patent infringement in the field of hybrid technology.
According to a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in Maryland, Paice intends to start litigation over eight BMW plug-in and hybrid models. Sarscoops, citing Autonews Europe, reports that the 330e iPerformance, 530e iPerformance, 750e xDrive iPerformance, i8 Roadster PHEV and Mini Countryman PHEV are featured in the case.
Paice CEO Robert Oswald said: “Paice has faithfully shared the intimate details of our hybrid car technology with BMW.” Robert also pointed out that: “Instead of negotiating a license for our technology, BMW took what she learned from Paice and used it for its own benefit.”
In the meantime, the German automaker did not comment on the current situation.
It is worth noting that Paice has already started litigation with Ford, Toyota, Hyundai and Kia with similar charges.
On the pages of the 31-page lawsuit, it’s worth highlighting that according to Paice: “BMW readily showed interest in Paice technology because BMW was still promoting its diesel technology and was years behind other leading automakers who were actively exploring hybrids.”
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