The lawsuit, in a Dusseldorf court, says that Kyocera has been creating haptic technologies through its own R&D efforts since 2008.
Kyocera says that, utilising ergonomics and virtual reality technology that Kyocera has developed over the years as well as its proprietary haptic feedback technology, Kyocera’s HAPTIVITY technology contains a virtual reality innovation that enables real touch sensation on any human-machine interface.
Kyocera has introduced its HAPTIVITY devices in Japanese, U.S. and European tradeshows, and holds patents on this technology in multiple countries.
Although Kyocera has offered on several occasions to license its patented technology to Preh for use in the “All-in-Touch” multimedia interface that Preh manufactures and provides for automobiles, licensing negotiations have been unsuccessful to date.
Therefore, Kyocera felt obliged to file a complaint.
Kyocera says it continues to license its technology for use in a wide range of applications, including automotive and industrial devices.
The Company says it will will aim to refine its HAPTIVITY technology as well as develop and market devices using this innovation.