Vector seeks court injunction against Lockheed’s SmartSat satellite technology, citing patent infringement

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Startup small-launcher provider Vector filed a patent-infringement suit against Lockheed Martin, alleging that Lockheed’s just-announced SmartSat software-defined-satellite design uses Vector-patented technologies.

The lawsuit, filed April 5 in California’s Central District Court, alleges that Lockheed Martin has taken elements from three Vector patents filed between 2017 and 2019 and applied them to SmartSat.

The suit came just 16 days after Lockheed’s March 20 announcement of a new satellite architecture, called SmartSat, that . . .

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