Ford Sued Over EcoBoost Fuel-Injection System
Ford is facing a new lawsuit over its use of a fuel-injection system that was patented by another company. The system is used in EcoBoost engine.
TMC Fuel Injection System LLC filed suit in a federal court in Philadelphia. The suit alleges that Ford told the company it was “no longer interested” in their fuel-injection technology, however, Ford went ahead and used it in their engines.
The patent’s inventor, Shou L. Hou, says that Ford began talks with Hou and TMC for over two years after TMC filed the patent.
Mr. Hou’s patent specifically talks about a direct injection technology that uses a dynamic range of fuel injection to maximize performance while minimizing fuel waste. The company says this fuel-injection system can conserve fuel by 25 percent in city driving while still giving the driver ample power.
Ford hasn’t responded to the lawsuit just yet since it was filed just a week ago. The EcoBoost engine though accounted for 42 percent of Ford’s F-150 sales in July of 2012 according to Autoblog.com. Autoblog.com says, “Ford began offering this engine in early 2011, after apparently telling TMC and Hou that it had no interest in utilizing their patent.”
Whether Ford stole the patent or not, this lawsuit will probably mean countless lawyer hours and millions of dollars will be spent. Plus, if TMC Fuel Injection System LLC wins, they could feasibly win quite a bit of money. Ultimately, this is going to be an expensive issue for both parties to deal with.
It’s not surprising to us that a patent lawsuit was filed on a major company since this seems to happen all the time. However, the surprising thing is that the lawsuit deals with Ford’s extremely popular EcoBoost engine which they have had tremendous success with. It seemed to us that Ford even claimed the technology behind it. Now, we find out that another company could actually get the credit.
Here is the big question, do you think other manufacture’s will now go to TMC Fuel Injection System LLC for help boosting their fuel economy? Did Ford let the cat out of the bag?
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