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Ford named in patent infringement lawsuit over Sync and other technologies

Eagle Harbor Holdings has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Tacoma, Wash., against the Ford Motor Co. for patent infringement relating to several automotive technologies.


A Washington state technology company filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ford today in federal court.

Eagle Harbor Holdings, and its subsidiary MediusTech, claim Ford used several automotive technologies in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles without authorization.

According to the lawsuit, Ford uses patented technologies such as Sync, Active Park Assist, Blind-Spot Identification System with Cross Traffic Alert, Integrated Control System for Stability Control, and MyKey.

"Our representatives began meeting with Ford in 2002 to discuss and disclose our patented automotive systems technology and its applicability for use in Ford vehicles," Jeffrey Harmes, general counsel for Eagle Harbor Holdings, said in a press release. "Ford is ignoring our patent rights and continues to use, without permission or license, Eagle Harbor's technology."

Eagle Harbor Holdings chairman and inventor Dan Preston and his son Joe were co-founders of Airbiquity, whose technologies were used in the General Motors OnStar system.