(Reuters) – A German court has imposed a nationwide ban on the sale and production of Ford cars that can establish internet connection, it said, as part of a lawsuit over wireless technology patents.
The judgment of the Munich Regional Court is not legally binding and can still be appealed, it said, adding a security payment of € 227 million ($ 240 million) from the plaintiff, Japan’s IP Bridge Inc., to make it “provisionally enforceable”. “.”
The ruling reflects the growing tension between technology companies that want car manufacturers to pay royalties for technology used in navigation systems, vehicle communications and self-driving cars in their quest for autonomous driving.
“The reason for this case is the licensing of essential standard patents for LTE networks. As we have not yet received the written opinion of the court, we do not wish to comment on this issue at this time,”; Ford said in an emailed statement.