Fuel cell company IdaTech files patent lawsuit
IdaTech filed a patent infringement lawsuit against David Edlund and Element One.
Fuel cell company IdaTech LLC filed a patent infringement lawsuit against its former chief technical officer and his new company.
Bend-based IdaTech announced last week that it is suing Element 1 LLC along with its CEO David Edlund.
Edlund co-founded IdaTech in 1995 and served as its chief technical officer until 2005. His new company, also known as E1, is based in Bend and makes hydrogen generator technology that it sells to fuel cell companies.
In the complaint filed by IdaTech on July 15, the company claimed the E1's hydrogen generator and fuel cell systems infringe on three U.S. patents held by IdaTech.
"First and foremost, we have not infringed on any IdaTech patents," Edlund said.
He added that the complaint from IdaTech lacks specificity about how exactly the patents had been violated.
IdaTech, which makes fuel cells for the telecommunications industry, holds over 200 active patents, including 83 in the U.S. system. The company is seeking damages and a court-ordered injunction against E1 and Edlund.
IdaTech last year paid $5 million to acquire the assets to Plug Power's line of backup-power fuel cells.
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