Carscoops.com reports that BMW has been slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit by Paice in the U.S. District Court in Maryland. The lawsuit involves eight BMW hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
The story quotes Paice CEO Robert Oswald as saying, “Paice shared intimate details of our hybrid vehicle technology with BMW in good faith. Rather than negotiate a license for our technology, BMW took what it learned from Paice and used it for its own gain.”
The story notes that Paice has been involved in similar litigation with several automakers, including Ford, Toyota, Hyundai and Kia. Those automakers subsequently paid Paice to license its technology.
“BMW readily expressed interest in Paice’s technology because BMW was still pushing its diesel technology and was years behind other leading automakers that were actively pursuing hybrids,” said the 31-page complaint, which also adds that after BMW experimented with a hybrid version of the X6, the automaker began “employing Paice’s critical teachings, adding hybrid and plug-in hybrid models to its vehicle lineup with notable success.”