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Ford And AirPro Reach Mutual Dismissal Agreement Over Suit

Back in March 2020, Ford filed a lawsuit against a company called AirPro – which produces scanning tools used for vehicle diagnostics – accusing it of trademark violations and improperly transferring Ford diagnostic software, as well as for breach of contract, violations of the Michigan Uniform Trade Practices Act, and unfair competition under Michigan common law. The automaker claimed that AirPro notates on its website that its products are a suitable alternative for buying official Blue Oval hardware and software, and also used Ford’s logo without its permission. This past January, U.S. Eastern District of Michigan Judge George Caram Steeh sided with the automaker and ruled in Ford’s favor, and now, Ford and AirPro have reached a mutual dismissal agreement, according to Repairer Driven News.

Though Judge Steeh ruled that AirPro did in fact infringe on Ford’s intellectual rights, the automaker’s claims of false and misleading designations of origin and unfair competition violations under Michigan law remained in place until the two parties reached this mutual dismissal agreement.

Steeh did find that AirPro violated the terms of an End-User License Agreement (EULA) governing the use of Ford Diagnostic Software, which led to breach of contract and copyright infringement as well as trademark dilution “based on AirPro’s misappropriation of Ford’s marks to promote AirPro’s goods and services,” Steeh said.

Despite this legal battle, both Ford and AirPro noted that each plans to continue to work with the other moving forward. “The matter has been resolved amicably and AirPro has obtained a license agreement from Ford,” a Ford spokesperson said. “The team here at AirPro Diagnostics is happy to announce that the matter has been resolved amicably and that we have obtained an enterprise license agreement from Ford for the ongoing use of their diagnostic software products,” said AirPro Executive Vice President of Operations Josh McFarlin.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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