DEI Holdings (parent to Directed) and Directed Electronics Canada, filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) this month, claiming tariff violations in the sale of remote start systems by Automotive Data Solutions of Canada; Firstech of Kent, WA; and AAMP of Florida, Inc.
The complaint cites violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 which says it is unlawful to import or sell products in the US that violate a US patent. One of the patents DEI Holdings claims is violated regards remote starters with a multi-purpose module port that is used for connecting an antenna during normal use or an external computer during programming.
DEI Holdings and Directed Electronics Canada asked the ITC to issue a cease and desist order on many remote start and security products.
Responding to the complaint, Firstech Marketing Director Justin Lee said, “We’re investigating the claim thoroughly, but we don’t have any further comments at this time.”
AAMP Global said it had no comment on the matter. AAMP serves as a distributor of some of the products involved.
ADS did not respond to our inquiry.
At present the ITC has invited the public to submit comments on the complaint.
The complaint follows a lawsuit filed by ADS against Directed Electronics Canada last year and a countersuit by DEI Holdings against Firstech and ADS this month, claiming patent infringement on remote start and data module products.
Regarding the ITC filing, Directed said, “We allege ADS has violated our patents by selling their digital remote start systems in the US. We are confident in our claims.”
Directed added, “If the ITC rules in our favor, ADS would be prohibited from importing the violating remote start products into the US. That would effectively shut down sales of ADS, Compustar, iDataLink, iDatastart MAXIT and STARTIT branded digital remote start products in the US.”