Ford Unit Wins $2.1M In Atty Fees In Auto Parts IP Row

By Tiffany Hu (April 12, 2019, 9:18 PM EDT) -- A Ford subsidiary has been awarded more than $2.1 million in attorney fees by a Texas federal judge who said its case accusing an aftermarket parts distributor of infringing on several patents was exceptional.

A jury had found in November that New World International Inc., an Irving, Texas-based marketer and distributor of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, willfully infringed 13 design patents owned by Ford Global Technologies LLC. Ford was awarded $493,000 by the jury, which the judge later upped to $568,000, according to court documents.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey ordered an additional $2.1 million in attorneys'...

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