West Chester, Ohio - Escort
announced it has filed a patent-infringement complaint against Cobra
Electronics regarding Cobra's iRadar device.
Escort said in a release
that it has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court Southern District Ohio
Western Division against Cobra Electronics for patent infringement of two Escort
According to Escort,
this is the second time it has pursued litigation against Cobra regarding the
same patent, and it said Cobra has breached the agreement that settled the
In a statement, John
Larson, Escort president and CEO, said, "The patents asserted in this lawsuit
recognize Escort's innovations marrying GPS and radar detection, which are the
result of development and research by Escort engineers extending back well into
the 1990's. Our inventions and patents cover not only the identification and
marking of false alerts, but also, the sharing of radar alert information
between detectors, an idea we brought to the market with the Escort Live social network.
"Escort and Cobra have
peacefully coexisted since 2008, but with the iRadar, Cobra has overstepped its
bounds, into infringement of our patents, and is capitalizing on our research
and our ideas, including Escort's multi-decade effort to build a network that
permits radar detectors to share information in a network that benefits the
driving community as a whole. Escort was
left with no choice but to respond."
TWICE's request to Cobra
for a response was unanswered as of this posting.
and Escort's Live communities allow users to share alerts with other drivers by
using GPS technology and their smartphones.