Volkswagen reaches 4G patent deal that could resolve Acer dispute, sources say

FILE PHOTO: The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on a rim cap in a showroom of a Volkswagen car dealer in Brussels
FILE PHOTO: The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on a rim cap in a showroom of a Volkswagen car dealer in Brussels, Belgium July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

March 9, 2022

(This March 8 story changes description of Avanci from “patent pool” to “independent licensing marketplace” in paragraph 4)

BERLIN (Reuters) – Volkswagen Group has reached a patent agreement over 4G technology which could resolve its dispute with Taiwanese computer maker Acer, sources close to the German automaker said on Tuesday.

Acer in December filed a lawsuit in the U.S. state of Virginia against Volkswagen, German newspaper WirtschaftsWoche reported at the time, alleging that Volkswagen had infringed on its patents for 4G mobile chip technology in its cars.

The carmaker has paid for licences for 2G and 3G patents, but has been using 4G technology in its cars for the past two years without the appropriate licence, Acer claimed.

In order to settle the dispute, Volkswagen struck an agreement for 4G patents with independent licensing marketplace Avanci, which licences patents for cellular technologies from multiple owners at a fixed fee per vehicle, also used by Mercedes-Benz and BMW and Volkswagen’s brands Porsche and Audi.

Acer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Victoria Waldersee; editing by Jason Neely)