Sharp wins network tech patent infringement suit against Daimler

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Sharp Corp (T:6753) said on Friday it has won a patent infringement lawsuit against Daimler (DE:DAIGn) in Germany, a ruling that could enforce a sales ban against the German automaker.

A district court in Munich ruled that mobile communications technology used in Daimler vehicles violates a patent owned by Sharp, the Japanese electronics company said.

A source familiar with the matter said Sharp can enforce a sales ban against Daimler if it posts 5.5 million euros ($6.5 million) as a guarantee to cover any damages in the event the ban is overturned on appeal.

Daimler has filed a nullity action against the patent in a separate lawsuit before Germany’s federal patent court in Munich.

Nokia (HE:NOKIA) won backing from a German court in a similar patent infringement lawsuit against Daimler over mobile communications technology in August.

Sharp, a unit of Taiwan’s Foxconn (TW:2317), has also sued the Japanese unit of Tesla Inc (O:TSLA), seeking an injunction to halt imports of some electric vehicles (EV) to Japan.

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