Vector Products Receives Patent for Smart Battery Charger Technology; Sues Schumacher for Patent Infringement - aftermarketNews

Vector Products Receives Patent for Smart Battery Charger Technology; Sues Schumacher for Patent Infringement

Vector Products, which does business as Vector Manufacturing, has received U.S. Patent No. 6,822,425 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the technology contained in its line of high frequency Smart Battery Chargers. Vector’s Smart Battery Chargers include measuring circuitry for testing a vehicle’s alternator, and Vector’s engine-start models can produce boost current sufficient to jump start a vehicle. The patent was granted on Nov. 23, 2004.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Vector Products, which does business as Vector Manufacturing, has received U.S. Patent No. 6,822,425 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the technology contained in its line of high frequency Smart Battery Chargers. Vector’s Smart Battery Chargers include measuring circuitry for testing a vehicle’s alternator, and Vector’s engine-start models can produce boost current sufficient to jump start a vehicle. The patent was granted on Nov. 23, 2004.

On the same day the patent was issued, Vector filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Florida against Schumacher Electric Corp. Vector is seeking damages for infringement of its patent and to enjoin Schumacher’s continued manufacture, use, sale, offers for sale and/or importation of its high frequency battery chargers, including Schumacher model numbers 1000A, 1200A, 1500A, 2500A, 6000A, 7000A and 10000A. More recently, Vector has sent cease and desist letters to certain retailers selling the battery chargers implicated in the lawsuit.

Earlier this year, Frost & Sullivan awarded Vector the 2004 Technology Leadership Award its line of high frequency Smart Battery Chargers. The diagnostic and consumer friendly safety features, lightweight design, and advanced technologies coupled with competitive pricing have enabled Vector to secure a significant market share in the battery charger industry since its introduction of its Smart Battery Chargers in 2002.

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