In December 2015 LeddarTech challenged Phantom Intelligence for the illegal use of its patented lidar sensing technology protected by Canadian Patent No. 2,710,212, entitled “Detection and Ranging Methods and Systems” and relating to systems and methods for acquiring an optical signal and converting it into a digital trace. LeddarTech regards the patent as a core driver of its intellectual property; this IP is practiced in all of its lidar sensing products deployed in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) applications in the auto and mobility sectors. The settlement, the amount, terms and conditions of which are confidential, was agreed under a court-sponsored mediation process following which Phantom Intelligence became a customer of LeddarTech.
LeddarTech’s technology seems to be attractive for the European automotive industry. Among others, Italian tier one supplier Marelli (then Magneti Marelli) as well as German lighting expert Osram have invested in the Canadian company. In addition, French automotive supplier is using LeddarTech distance-measuring technology in its ADAS systems.