USITC launches Ford patent infringement probe

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said it has launched a patent infringement investigation into imports of certain hybrid electric vehicles and components by Ford Motor Co.

“By instituting this investigation … the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case,” said the commission.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Paice LLC and Abell Foundation, Inc., both of Baltimore, MD, on February 2, 2017.

“The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain hybrid electric vehicles and components thereof that allegedly infringe patents asserted by the complainants,” said the USITC.

“The complainants request that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.”

The USITC said the products at issue in the investigation were “passenger vehicles that use hybrid electric power with certain types of controllers.”