Aftermarket Car Audio Exec Sues Ford

Updated! Marlowe Patent Holdings, owned by Ira Marlowe who also heads Blitzsafe, an aftermarket and OE car kit maker, is suing Ford Motor Company for patent infringement in the District Court of New Jersey.

Ford Sync logoThe suit claims Ford’s Sync radio violates Marlowe Holding’s patent entitled “Audio Device Integration System.” The patent pertains to an audio device integration system that enables aftermarket audio products (such as a CD player, a CD changer, an MP3 player, a satellite receiver, a digital audio broadcaster receiver, and other auxiliary sources) to be connected to, operate with, and be controlled from, an existing stereo system in an automobile.

The suit calls for an injunction against Ford and payment of damages.

Regarding Marlowe Holding’s patent, the suit says the major advancement of the technology “is the ability to use external, portable audio devices with an automobile stereo by having the interface between the stereo and the audio device emulate a type of audio device that is designed for an automobile.”

The complaint was filed on December 2.

Marlowe Patent Holdings filed suit in June 2010 against DICE, Aamp of America and other aftermarket car kit makers, also citing patent infringement. Since DICE and Aamp have become licensees of the technology.

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