Fed. Circ. Won't Revisit Ford's Design Patent Win

Law360 (September 8, 2020, 5:59 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit has declined to examine a recent order finding that marketers and distributors of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories have intentionally infringed 13 design patents owned by a Ford unit.

A three-judge panel in June affirmed a Texas federal judge's $568,000 judgment in favor of Ford Global Technologies LLC against New World International Inc., Auto Lighthouse Plus LLC and United Commerce Centers Inc., which also includes $2.1 million in attorney fees.

Ford filed the underlying suit in 2015, accusing the companies of selling aftermarket parts that copied the equipment designs covered by its patents. The trio last month urged...

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