Last September, German automotive parts supplier, Robert Bosch GmbH had filed a suit alleging patent infringement against Korean company, Mando Corp. Bosch had claimed in the suit filed at United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan that the Korean company had infringed four of its patents in relation to an anti-skid braking system and electronic stability control (ESC) products that it manufactures.
Now, in an interesting development, Mando Corp has filed a countersuit against Bosch saying Bosch had infringed two of its auto-parts patents as part of its written response given to the US court. Mando claimed that Bosch had infringed two of the Korean company’s patents for an electronic brake control system and for a solenoid valve for a brake system. Mando has two factories in the United States and requested the court to stop Bosch from infringing the patents.
Based on total sales achieved, according to a global ranking of auto parts firms, which was published by the U.S. industry magazine Automotive News, Bosch was the top manufacturer of automotive components with sales of USD 44.8 billion in 2015. Mando was 45th on the list with sales of USD 5.3 billion in 2015.
Mando has been in the news for being selected by Tesla as the supplier of steering racks for its Model S vehicles and is also in discussions with the manufacturer of electric cars for supply of components for the highly anticipated Model 3.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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