TORONTO, November 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Litens Automotive Group announces today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Germany against Shanghai BTE Spare Part Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to enforce Litens' patents on automatic belt tensioners.
According to Alex Porat, a lawyer representing Litens, "These tensioners are used in a variety of VW and Audi engines, including 1.4, 1.9 and 2.0 liter turbo-diesel engines from 2002 to 2009. The tensioners are protected by a global intellectual property portfolio, including European Patent No. 1 412 659, U.S. Patent Nos. 7 285 065 and 7 611 431, and Chinese Patent No. ZL02815059.7."
As part of the lawsuit, Litens requested an injunction which would prevent infringement of Litens patents.
The lawsuit against Shanghai BTE is the result of ongoing worldwide testing and IP enforcement efforts within Litens Group. Litens also cautions consumers that use of automatic belt tensioners that do not meet original design parameters may result in engine failure.
Litens Automotive Group is a full-service designer and manufacturer of engineered power transmission systems and components. An established global leader with over 30 years' experience, Litens has an extensive history of providing innovative engineered solutions for automotive power transmission challenges. Litens continues to develop and deliver new and innovative products for the global automotive industry.
"Given its commitment to innovation, enormous investment in new product development, and the establishment of a broad and deep intellectual property portfolio," stated Rob Laing, Engineering Manager, "Litens will use all legal means at its disposal to stop the manufacture, distribution and sale of infringing products."
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SOURCE Litens Automotive Group