Posted September 23, 2018 11:08:53 Auto parts maker Schriever Auto Parts has been hit with a federal lawsuit accusing it of patent infringement in Canada.
The suit, filed in federal court in Ontario on Thursday, alleges that the Canadian company infringed on its patent by using Schrivers patented “transitioning element.”
“Schriever’s patented transitioning element is a feature that facilitates the attachment of a switch to a vehicle, as well as the removal of a battery, as required by the vehicle’s operating system,” according to the complaint.
Schrivers patent has been around for more than 100 years.
It has been described as the “gold standard for automotive switches.”
Schriver is also the supplier of Schrivener switches, which were used in several other auto brands including BMW, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, Honda and others.
The lawsuit was filed by a group of Canadian patent owners and their respective customers.
“Schrievers patents and rights are protected under Canada’s Copyright Act,” said a spokesperson for Schriver.
“We intend to vigorously defend this claim and are committed to bringing this action as soon as possible.”
The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for patent infringement, as compensation for loss of sales, aswell as for any future infringements.
The Canadian Patent Office is also investigating the matter.