Ford hit by tech patent case

A tech company has sued Ford claiming several of the electronic features the automaker includes in its vehicles were its bright idea. 

It is a little surprising to see an outfit like Ford involved in a patent case, which is usually the realm of software and hardware trolls.

However Eagle Harbor Holdings and subsidiary, MediusTech, claim that if it wins it could score millions from the carmaker.

According to APthe lawsuit centres 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.

Eagle Harbor said that the patents also make possible car safety features that rely on sensors, such as parking assistance and stability control.

Ford uses 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.

Eagle Harbor, said that it has been meeting with Ford in 2002 to discuss the potential use of its patented technology in Ford vehicles, but Ford broke off discussions in 2008. After that Eagle Harbor noticed Ford vehicles featured electronic systems that infringed on its patents.