Ford Sues Car Equipment Co. For Hacking, Copying Database

Law360, Los Angeles (September 29, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT) -- Ford Motor Co. sued vehicle diagnostic equipment company Autel US Inc. and an affiliate on Monday in Michigan federal court, alleging Autel had hacked into one of Ford's software programs and copied information for use in its diagnostic tools.

In a 19-page complaint, Ford claimed Huntington, New York-based Autel had crafted a program to unlawfully gain access to and copy its trade secrets and used Ford's signature "Oval" trademark without its authorization or a license.

"By wrongfully acquiring Ford’s trade secrets, by misappropriating them for Autel’s own...
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Case Information

Case Title

Ford Motor Company et al v. Autel US Inc. et al

Case Number



Michigan Eastern

Nature of Suit



Terrence G. Berg

Date Filed

September 29, 2014


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