Automotive News, Detroit, MI (June 5, 2015) — Texas software company Versata is suing former partner Ford over claims the automaker stole code from its proprietary technology.
The lawsuit, presented before a U.S. District Court judge in Texas and filed May 7, says Ford received a patent in 2014 for internally developed software meant to identify incompatible parts across a million vehicle configurations to avoid recall issues, Automotive News reports. The company goes on to claim said patent was based upon code for its own software, which was used by the automaker between 1998 and 2014 under an agreement netting Versata $8.45 million per year, and was denied a request to examine the new system in violation of the agreement.
June 4, 2015
PRNewswire, Austin, Texas (June 4, 2015) — Texas auto industry software developer Versata, Inc. last night moved in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to obtain an injunction against Ford Motor Company, accusing Ford of stealing its patented auto development software, called “Automotive Configuration Management” (ACM), and its trade secrets.
The injunction motion by Versata asked the federal court to prohibit Ford from using Versata’s software, which it alleged Ford had stolen from Versata as well as Versata’s trade secrets, in order to copy and develop similar replacement technology. Versata also sought a court order requiring Ford to comply with the licensing agreement’s plain language allowing Versata, upon termination of the agreement, to enter Ford’s premises to verify that Ford had not stolen or copied Versata’s software. As stated in the injunction motion, Ford has violated its contractual promises to Versata and misappropriated Versata’s software and trade secrets.
Automotive News, Detroit, MI (June 4, 2015, 3:33 PM ET) — A Texas software company that says it helped Ford Motor Co. significantly reduce warranty costs and bring vehicles to market faster has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the automaker of stealing its intellectual property.
The company, Versata, on Wednesday asked a U.S. District Court judge in Texas for an injunction against Ford, which began using the software in 1998 as part of its product-development process. Ford terminated the $8.45 million-a-year contract at the end of last year and instead began using a program it developed in-house based on Versata’s proprietary software, the lawsuit says.
Versata, which is seeking unspecified damages, says a patent that Ford received in 2014 on the internally developed software was actually based on the technology it had licensed to Ford, known as Automotive Configuration Manager. Versata says its software identifies incompatible parts in millions of possible vehicle configurations, helping automakers avoid recalls or other problems.