The Munich regional court’s decision is not legally binding and can be challenged.
As part of a dispute over the infringement of wireless technology patents, a German court has placed a nationwide sales and production ban on Ford cars that can connect to the internet.
The Munich regional court’s decision is not legally binding. And can still be appealed, it said, adding that the plaintiff, Japan’s IP Bridge Inc. Must make a 227 million euro ($240 million) security payment before it becomes “provisionally enforceable.”
The decision indicates a growing divide between tech companies and automakers. Who want manufacturers to pay royalties for technologies used in navigation systems. Vehicle communications, and self-driving cars as part of their push toward autonomous driving.
“Reason of this court case is the licensing of standard-essential patents for LTE networks. Since we did not yet have received the written opinion of the court, we do not want to comment on this matter at this time,” Ford said in a emailed statement.