Patent Law

Honeywell Pays BorgWarner $32.5M for Patent Case Involving Turbochargers

Honeywell International agreed to pay BorgWarner Inc. $32.5 million to settle a patent infringement lawsuit involving a titanium wheel used in engine turbochargers.

The trial was scheduled to start today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, according to Bloomberg News. The settlement was $100 million less than BorgWarner’s prior demand and gives Honeywell a license to the patents, Honeywell said in a statement.

Turbochargers compress air to improve the power and efficiency of smaller engines and are used more and more by automakers as the government pushes for stricter fuel-economy standards, Bloomberg News reports. According to Honeywell, about 20 percent of engines built in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will include turbochargers by 2015.

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