Jaguar Land Rover settles patent dispute with Volkswagen over SUV technology
Over a year ago, Jaguar Land Rover accused the Volkswagen Group of using its patented off-road technology. The Tata company wanted a sales ban for the German group’s SUVs, which include the Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus, VW Tiguan and several Audi models such as the brand’s best-selling Q5.
JLR and VW reached an agreement this week Automotive newsalthough details of the settlement will not be released at this point. The deal apparently came just in time when JLR was about to start a trial a week later.
Bloomberg, however, found that JLR has the potential to earn up to $ 200 million a year in licenses due to its alleged patent infringement.
To recall, JLR accuses the VW corporation of using the former’s patented Terrain Response system, which adjusts multiple vehicle settings with the push of a button (or the turn of a rotary knob). The system allows the driver to select a driving mode – sand, rock, crawl or mud – which then optimizes the braking, engine and transmission parameters for this surface and increases off-road performance.
This system is of course installed in several Land Rover models as well as in the Jaguar F-Pace. JLR wanted the VW group to stop selling their cars that are equipped with something similar as this is “Land Rovers Feature and Land Rovers Only”.
This is not the first time that JLR has fired a patent dispute on the VW group. Land Rover filed a lawsuit against Bentley in 2018 over a similar issue with its upscale Bentayga. Bentley has not yet resolved this case, so a trial is expected to take place in February.
A VW group spokesman declined to comment on the settlement, while the JLR spokesman did not make an immediate statement.