Vehicle Service Group (VSG) and Stertil®-Koni Agree to Licensing Agreements
MADISON, Ind., March 26, 2013
MADISON, Ind., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Lift manufacturers Vehicle
Service Group (VSG) and Stertil^®-Koni USA Inc. have 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 inground scissor lifts. The patent covers the ECOLIFT system,
including the combination of the scissor mechanisms, carriage, cover and other
parts. The Stertil-Koni ECOLIFT is the industry's first U.S. patented,
ultra-shallow, full-rise, in-ground scissor lifting system. VSG has agreed to
pay a licensing fee for the use of this patented technology on its Rotary
Lift® EFX series of heavy-duty inground 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.
"By resolving these issues, heavy-duty lift industry leaders VSG and
Stertil-Koni jointly ensure that all of our customers have access to
cutting-edge lift technology," says Kirk Dawson, vice president — heavy-duty
for VSG. "This agreement will ultimately increase the number of lift options
containing advanced features that enhance safety and productivity, which is in
all of our customers' best interests."
In making today's announcement, Stertil-Koni USA President Dr. Jean DellAmore
stated: "We are exceedingly proud of our history of innovation, exemplified
by ECOLIFT. We continue to implement the best and most cutting-edge concepts
that can improve the industry and make the professional lives of the
technicians that use our lifts better, safer and more complete. Here at
Stertil-Koni, we believe we have a responsibility to advance the industry
through better design. Based on this license agreement, Stertil-Koni is proud
to be able to expand the benefit of the ECOLIFT design to more heavy-duty lift
users in the United States and Canada."
The two lawsuits that had been filed were: Stertil-Koni USA, Inc. v. Vehicle
Service Group, LLC, 1:12-cv-02254-CCB, United States District Court for the
District of Maryland, Baltimore Division, filed on July 30, 2012; and Vehicle
Service Group, LLC v. Stertil-Koni USA, Inc., 4:12-cv-00109-SEB-WGH, United
States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, New Albany
Division, filed on September 5, 2012.
About Vehicle Service Group
VSG comprises nine major vehicle lifting and collision repair brands: Rotary
Lift^®, Forward Lift^®, Direct-Lift^®, Hanmecson^®, Revolution Lift^®, Chief^®
Automotive Technologies, Elektron, Blitz^® and nogra^®. Based in Madison,
Ind., VSG has operations worldwide, including ISO 9001-certified manufacturing
centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. VSG is part of the Engineered Systems
segment of Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV), a multi-billion dollar, global
producer of innovative equipment, specialty systems and value-added services.
For more information about VSG, visit www.vsgdover.com or call (800) 640-5438.
About Stertil-Koni USA, Inc.
Stertil-Koni USA, Inc. is a member of the Stertil Group -- the global market
leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts – bus lifts and truck lifts. The Stertil
Group, which began designing and manufacturing vehicle lifts in 1947, is
recognized worldwide for its commitment to quality, performance, durability
and innovation. The company has manufacturing facilities in the United States
and Europe as well as sales and service locations across the U.S., Canada as
well as in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Poland, Turkey
and Brazil. Stertil-Koni's breadth of products meets all ranges of lifting
needs and includes mobile lifts, two-post, four-post, in-ground piston lifts,
parallelogram lifts, half-scissors and its innovative axle-engaging,
in-ground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. Stertil-Koni has also recently
introduced the new DIAMOND LIFT, a full rise telescopic piston lift designed
to set new standards in precision heavy duty lifting.
SOURCE Vehicle Service Group
Contact: Kristen Simpson, Kristen@simpsoncomm.com, (216) 991-4297
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