Tesla Sues Australian Battery Firm For Patent Infringement

Tesla has sued Australian battery expertise firm Cap-XX in Texas federal court docket, claiming its supercapacitors infringe two US patents owned by Maxwell Applied sciences, a subsidiary of the American EV model, Reuters studies.

The supercapacitors developed by Cap-XX are used for storing vitality within the high-voltage batteries of electrical automobiles, identical to those made by Maxwell Applied sciences, and the lawsuit particularly refers back to the electrodes used within the supercapacitors, which Tesla says are the “main supply of the machine’s energy capabilities.”

The EV marque says within the lawsuit that Cap-XX’s electrodes work in the identical means as Maxwell’s patented expertise and requested the court docket for an unspecified sum of money in damages.

Again in 2014, the Austin-based firm’s CEO Elon Musk printed a weblog submit on the agency’s web site through which he pledged that “Tesla is not going to provoke patent lawsuits in opposition to anybody who, in good religion, needs to make use of our expertise.”

So at first look, it appears just like the promise has been damaged, however at nearer inspection, it appears it’s nothing greater than a small patent battle.

Tesla purchased Maxwell Applied sciences in 2019 and in that very same yr, Cap-XX filed a lawsuit in opposition to the subsidiary for patent infringement, so now the maker of the Mannequin Y is doing the identical factor, and it’s fairly clear about its intentions.

“Maxwell has a historical past of innovation that has resulted in its personal patents, now assigned to Tesla, and thus Tesla brings this swimsuit in opposition to Cap-XX to guard its mental property rights,” the lawsuit mentioned, cited by Reuters.

On its web site, Cap-XX claims it makes the world’s thinnest high-power supercapacitors, in addition to being “the main producer of ultra-thin prismatic, cylindrical, and lithium-ion supercapacitors.”

The Australian firm revealed in 2022 that its DMT 220 supercapacitor will likely be provided to automotive components maker Continental for one among its key auto packages from 2024 via 2030.

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