Tesla battery supplier CATL is suing smaller Chinese battery manufacturer CALB for intellectual property infringement. The competitor allegedly used the technology of the battery, which is supplied to Tesla and Volkswagen.
China's largest electric vehicle battery manufacturer CATL said Wednesday that it is suing smaller rival China Lithium Battery Technology Co (CALB) for alleged intellectual property infringements, Reuters reported. According to CATL's lawsuit filing, CALB used its battery technology. CATL's battery cells have been used to power tens of thousands of its customers’ vehicles. Among the main customers of the company are Tesla, the leader in the production of electric vehicles, and Volkswagen. The lawsuit was filed in Fuzhou, near the CATL headquarters in Ningde.
CALB, a supplier to the GAC Group, a Guangzhou-based Chinese automobile manufacturer, announced on its WeChat account that it is focused on independent research and technology development. The statement also states that the batteries it supplies to customers have been tested to ensure they do not infringe on the intellectual property rights of others.
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