Ford $23M Puddle Lamp Infringement Is Willful: Court

Law360, New York (March 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has determined that Ford Motor Co. willfully infringed a patent for the car-door lights known as “puddle lamps” and is liable for damages greater than the $23 million previously awarded by a jury.

Judge James B. Zagel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois said Wednesday that for almost 10 years Ford willfully infringed the puddle lamp patent owned by inventor Jacob Krippelz Sr.

The court determined that Ford, which installed the puddle lamps on many of its best...
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