Land Rover Settles Long-Lasting, Ugly Patent Dispute with VW Group


Land Rover Settles Long-Lasting, Ugly Patent Dispute with VW Group

UPDATE 10/5/2021: Jaguar Land Rover has settled with Volkswagen Group in its lawsuit alleging that VW infringed on patents for off-road technologies, according to Automotive News. The trial was reportedly set to start in about a week, and the filings were made in New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia courts. JLR will no longer seek to block imports of Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi, and Volkswagen SUVs to the U.S., but the details of the settlement haven’t been made public.

UPDATE 12/22/2020: The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) said it is opening an investigation into whether Volkswagen Group infringed on the off-road technology patents held by Jaguar Land Rover. The USITC noted in the release that its opening of an investigation does not mean that the USITC has made any decision on the merits of the case.

Jaguar Land Rover has filed a set of lawsuits demanding that its rival, the Volkswagen Group, be forbidden to sell new VW, Audi, and Porsche SUVs in the United States. That’s a huge ask, but it started very small: with the chrome dial on the Bentley Bentayga’s center console, the one encircled by cactuses and snowflakes.

It was a quiet spat until last week, when JLR in one day launched four U.S. lawsuits in two states and an unfair trade complaint against the entire VW Group. JLR, after years of unsuccessful negotiations with one of its largest competitors, now wants the U.S. to ban the importation of nearly every new VW, Audi, and Porsche with an off-road mode.

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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