In a matter involving 13 design patents covering Ford Motor Company’s 2004 F-150 and 2005 Mustang models, a team of trial attorneys successfully represented Ford Global Technologies, LLC by obtaining a jury verdict of willful infringement and was awarded damages. The complaint was filed in 2015 against Texas-based aftermarket auto body parts distributor New World International, Inc. (“New World”) included design patents related to headlamps, hoods, mirrors, bumpers, taillamps and grills for the 2004 F-150 and 2005 Mustang models.
Prior to trial, the judge found summary judgment of infringement of all 13 design patents. The jury trial proceeded to determine willfulness, validity, and damages. The jury rejected New World’s argument that the design patents were invalid for indefiniteness. The jury found New World’s infringement was willful and awarded disgorgement of New World’s profits in the amount of $493,057. On April 9, 2019, the Judge also awarded $2.1 million in attorneys fees.
On June 22, 2020, the Federal Circuit affirmed without opinion the judgement against New World International on all 13 design patents.