Ford owes Aurora man $55 mil., judge rules
Posted by keelynet on December 5, 2009
Good for this guy for keeping after them, he’s older now and I hope he actually gets most of the award.
“Side-mirror inventor wins verdict after 11-year legal battle. Jacob Krippelz’s long road from creation to vindication has taken almost 20 years. In the early 1990s, the Aurora man patented a sideview mirror light. Because he bought Ford trucks and he liked Mercedes-Benz, Krippelz sent the patents to both companies.
“Ford turned him down. Mercedes turned him down,” said Krippelz’s attorney, James Ryndak. Fast-forward to 1997. Krippelz walked into a Ford dealership in St. Charles and was greeted by a salesman congratulating him on selling the “puddle lamp” idea to Ford, which had put the lights on 1998 Ford Explorer models. “He was shocked,” Ryndak said of Krippelz’s reaction.
That discovery set off an 11-year legal journey in federal court where Ford was eventually found to have infringed on Krippelz’s idea and, as a result, a jury and judge this year awarded Krippelz $44 million. Add in another $11 million in interest since Ford’s first act of infringement, and you have about $55 million in damages against Ford, Ryndak explained.” – Full Article Source
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