The Volkswagen Group SUVs allegedly used illegally a technology protected by Jaguar Land Rover.
According to Bloomberg, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission and asked the agency to block the import of SUVs made by Volkswagen Group to North America.
The list named by the British car company has many notable models such as Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Volkswagen Tiguan …
The reason is that the high-rise cars of the Volkswagen Group (VW) seem to be copying and using JLR’s patented off-road technology, called Terrain Response.
In SUV models of Jaguar, Land Rover or Range Rover, the Terrain Response system will assist the driver in controlling the vehicle in off-road conditions more easily and flexibly.
“The JLR seeks to protect the company and its business in the US against products that infringe on technology developed and protected by JLR,” said Matthew Moore, a lawyer representing the JLR.
The US International Trade Commission can intervene and stop import licensing for VW’s SUVs if the agency can determine the cause. However, a full investigation of patent infringement can take 18 months.
In addition to the above move, the luxury car company of Tata Motors Corporation (India) also filed a lawsuit against the above manufacturers with federal courts in New Jersey and Delaware, USA. This is where the JLR proceeds to claim for copying and using VW Group’s Terrain Response technology.
This is not the first time the JLR and the VW Group have been in a legal confrontation. More than two years ago, JLR sued Bentley for the same reason. Bentley Bentayga super SUV model is suspected of applying off-road technology developed by JLR. This incident has not come to an end yet.
Up to now, the German auto group has not responded to the JLR’s allegations.