Equipment Rental Co. Says Rival's Keyless Start Infringes IP

Law360 (October 16, 2020, 5:08 PM EDT) -- A Nevada construction equipment rental company has accused a competitor in Texas federal court of ripping off its keyless ignition technology that helps track and control equipment use remotely, after executives from the competitor set up meetings with the patent designer to purportedly discuss purchasing agreements.

Ahern Rentals Inc. said in a complaint filed Thursday that Missouri-based EquipmentShare.com Inc. set up a meeting in 2016 with Ahern patent designer Daniel Abshire to discuss how the system works and how to address connectivity issues. Before the meeting, EquipmentShare allegedly told Ahern Rentals it was interested in purchasing the patent but then ignored...

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