Friday, February 22, 2013

Ford Sued over SYNC – Emergency Assistance Service

On Feb 19th, Ford Motor Company has been sued (1:13-cv-00273) for patent infringement in the Delaware District Court, by 911 Notify LLC as plaintiff. The patent US6775356 (Real-time incident and response information messaging INA system for the automatic notification that an emergency call has occurred from a telecommunication device) is currently assigned[i] to 911 Notify (source: Maxval’s Assignment Database).

The complaint alleges that the defendant sells products and services that embody the patented invention. Defendant’s Ford SYNC places automatic call to 911 and transmits a message stating that a Ford vehicle has been in an accident and giving the GPS location. This GPS location is taken from the on-board GPS module which is standard equipment of every vehicle having SYNC (example, subscriber’s emergency contacts), which infringes the ‘356 patent. 

There are other cases filed by 911 Notify LLC against automobile manufacturing companies such as BMW of North America (1:13-cv-00270), Hyundai Motor America (1:13-cv-00275), OnStar (1:13-cv-00279) and Agero (1:13-cv-00269) ; Medical companies such as ADT (1:13-cv-00268), Lifewatch (1:13-cv-00277), Lifeline Systems (1:13-cv-00278); Telecommunications companies such as GreatCall (1:13-cv-00274), Cassidian Communications (1:13-cv-00271), Everbridge (1:13-cv-00272), Intrado (1:13-cv-00276) and REACT Systems (1:13-cv-00280) on the same day asserting the same patents. If you are interested in knowing more about the cases filed, please contact us. To get alerts on cases filed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts

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