Fed. Circ. Overturns $56M Light Patent Verdict Against Ford

Law360, New York (January 27, 2012, 4:39 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday tossed a $56 million infringement verdict against Ford Motor Co. after finding a lower court had failed to recognize the similarities between the automobile emergency light patent-in-suit and a French patent published nearly 40 years earlier.

The appeals court reversed the lower court's finding that the emergency light patent asserted in the underlying suit was valid, vacating the damages verdict for the estate of the light's deceased inventor.

The Illinois federal court's erroneous ruling denying Ford's motion for judgment of invalidity...
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