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VSG, Stertil-Koni settle patent lawsuit

Posted on April 2, 2013

Lift manufacturers Vehicle Service Group (VSG) and Stertil-Koni USA Inc. agreed to license patented heavy-duty vehicle lift technology to each other. The mutual licensing agreements resolve patent infringement lawsuits the companies filed against each other last year.

Under the agreements, details of which are confidential, VSG acknowledges Stertil-Koni’s U.S. Patent 8,191,865 “Device and System for Lifting a Motor Vehicle” (the ’865 patent) as it applies to Stertil-Koni’s ECOLIFT line of heavy-duty in-ground scissor lifts. The patent covers the ECOLIFT system, including the combination of the scissor mechanisms, carriage, cover and other parts. VSG has agreed to pay a licensing fee for the use of this patented technology on its Rotary Lift EFX series of heavy-duty in-ground scissor lifts.

In turn, Stertil-Koni acknowledges VSG’s U.S. Patent 6,983,196 (the ’196 patent) “Electronically Controlled Vehicle Lift and Vehicle Service System.” This patent covers 19 different elements that relate to computerized lift controls, lift data display and networking lifts together. This patented technology makes it possible to provide lift operators with valuable feedback on the status of the lift, maintenance alerts, service manuals and other information through a control panel on the lift itself.

Stertil-Koni agreed, as have other manufacturers, to pay a licensing fee to use this patented technology on its mobile column lifts.

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