Japanese electronic technology firm Kyocera Corporation has filed a complaint in the regional court of Dusseldorf, Germany against Preh GmbH, a Germany-based automotive supplier for infringing its patented haptic feedback technology, said a statement. Kyocera said that it has been creating haptic technologies through its own research and development since 2008.
Utilising ergonomics and virtual reality technology that company has developed over the years as well as its proprietary haptic feedback technology, Kyocera's HAPTIVITY technology contains a virtual reality innovation that enables real touch sensation on any human-machine interface. Kyocera has introduced its HAPTIVITY devices in Japanese, U.S. and European tradeshows, and holds patents on this technology in multiple countries.
The Japanese firm said that although it has offered on several occasions to license its patented technology to Preh for use in the “All-in-Touch” multimedia interface that Preh manufactures and provides for automobiles, licensing negotiations have been unsuccessful to date. Therefore, Kyocera felt obliged to file a complaint.
Company informed that it continues to license its technology for use in a wide range of applications, including automotive and industrial devices. “The Company will aim to refine its HAPTIVITY technology as well as develop and market devices using this innovation,” said Kyocera.