MADISON, Ind. (March 27, 2013) — Vehicle lift makers Vehicle Service Group (VSG) and Stertil-Koni USA Inc. have agreed to license patented heavy-duty vehicle lift technology to each other, thereby resolving 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" — 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, which Stertil-Koni claims is the industry's first U.S. patented, ultra-shallow, full-rise, in-ground scissor-lifting system.
VSG has agreed to pay an undisclosed licensing fee for the use of this patented technology on its Rotary Lift EFX series of heavy-duty inground scissor lifts.