LKQ Corporation confirmed that a complaint has been filed against it by Chrysler Group LLC in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit contends that certain aftermarket parts LKQ sells infringe Chrysler design patents relating to the Dodge RAM pickup truck. LKQ says it believes that the lawsuit is without merit and will defend it vigorously, “Moreover, the parts we sell that allegedly relate to these design patents represent an immaterial amount of our revenue. They represent less than one-tenth of one percent (0.001) of our estimated
2013 total revenue and less than one-half of one-tenth of one percent (0.0005) of our estimated total revenue for all the years since the first patent was granted (2009 through 2013).”
LKQ says it has forged mutually-beneficial business relationships with other auto manufacturers and cites its license arrangement with Ford, in place since 2009.
The license arrangements allow the company to sell aftermarket parts covered by certain patents in exchange for a license fee.