Acer has filed a lawsuit against the Volkswagen Group for alleged patent infringement

The current shortage of chips, which affects events in the automotive industry, is a good reminder of the extent to which today’s vehicles are dependent on digital technology.

The new cars are “packaged” with sensors, displays, modems and many other systems, with much of the technology coming from outside the automotive industry. The VW Group has received a license for 2G and 3G technology from Acer, a Taiwanese computer maker. However, Acer, meanwhile, has filed a lawsuit against the German conglomerate, accusing it of violating the right to use some other patents, write Hot Tires.

In its lawsuit, filed in the US state of Virginia, Acer says that the VW group installed 4G chips in several models. Allegedly, the German company does not have a permit for such a thing. The complaint states that the disputed technology, which VW was not entitled to use, found its place in the electric ID.4, Atlas, Golf, Tiguan, as well as many other models.

The VW group said it was studying the lawsuit before deciding what steps to take next. However, the company also said the allegations were baseless, so it would “defend its position”. This summer, the German conglomerate signed a license agreement with Huawei for 4G technology, while Acer’s accusations date back to two years ago. Volkswagen has announced its Car-Net service with 4G connectivity in 2019.

We will probably see lawsuits of this type often in the years ahead, as car manufacturers seek licenses from various technology suppliers. “Mistakes in steps” and misunderstandings will happen, which could cost car manufacturers in the future. In October, General Motors, Toyota and Honda were the target of lawsuits for patent infringement rights related to mobile technology. The eventual success of Acer’s case could lead to an avalanche of lawsuits against carmakers in the fight for intellectual property rights.


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