Dearborn Tech company sues Ford


TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A technology company has filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., claiming several of the electronic features the automaker includes in its vehicles violate the company's patents.

Eagle Harbor Holdings LLC and subsidiary, MediusTech LLC, filed the patent infringement case against the Dearborn, Mich., car company in federal court in Tacoma, Wash., on Thursday.

Jeff Harmes, Eagle Harbor's general counsel, estimated that, should the company prevail in its claim, compensation could be in the millions.

The lawsuit centers on patents involving software and electronic components that are used in features to make phone calls, play music and access navigation tools with vocal commands. The patents also make possible car safety features that rely on sensors, such as parking assistance and stability control.

Eagle Harbor claims that Ford has used and continues to use the companies' patented technology in multiple vehicle systems, including SYNC, Active Park Assist, Blind-Spot Identification System with Cross Traffic Alert, Integrated Control System for Stability Control and MyKey.

Ford issued a statement Tuesday declining to comment on the lawsuit yet.

Published: Thu, Jul 7, 2011