Escort Radar Files Suit Against Cobra
Today Escort Radar filed a federal complaint against Cobra Electronics in the US District Court, Western Ohio Division, case number 1:11 CV 797 for patent infringement.
Escort’s lawsuit asserts that Cobra’s iRadar detector and their iRadar community service infringes on two of their patents.
This will be the second time that Escort has pursued litigation against Cobra for patent infringement.
John Larson, the CEO and President of ESCORT relates. “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.”
The first lawsuit was settled in 2008 in Escort’s favor.
Here is my take – I think that Cobra should had been called to task long ago for the way they have continued to market their radar detectors as 6, 8, 10, 12…. band radar detectors.
Hell we all know that there are only three radar bands (X, K and Ka) and one laser band in the USA!
But this lawsuit has nothing to do with their marketing, which I feel is misleading, but the hijacking of another’s intellectual property.
However, in my mind they have proven to me that they will do what ever it takes to market low performance radar detectors rather than focusing on quality as Escort, Beltronics, Valentine and Whistler has done.
What are your thoughts about Escort’s lawsuit?