Ford Ordered to Pay $55.7 Million to Inventor (Krippelz v. Ford Motor Co.)

Krippelz v. Ford Motor Company, 2009 WL 3852466 (N.D.IL).

On November 18, 2009, Ford Motor was ordered to pay $55.7 million to an inventor (Jake Krippelz).  Back in December 2008, a Federal jury awarded the inventor $23 million in a patent infringement lawsuit against Ford Motor.  The inventor’s patent covered an automotive lighting system used in exterior rear view mirrors and was issued in 1991 (U.S. Patent No. 5,017,903). 

After a 10 year lawsuit, Ford Motor was found to have willfully infringed the ‘903 patent and the Court awarded double-damages to the inventor for the willfully infringing sales (an additional $21 Million for the inventor).

In the end, the inventor was awarded $55,703,357 ($23,000,000 in damages, $21,017,400 in enhanced damages for willful infringement and $11,685,957 in prejudgment interest).  The Court also granted the inventor his costs for the litigation which will be determined later.


Court Order for $55.7 Million

U.S. Patent No. 5017903