Ford Gets Accused Of Infringing On Fuel-Injection Patent In The F-150

Posted Sep 1, 2012

Ford Motor Company is being accused in a lawsuit of infringing on a 2008 patent that covers a fuel-injection system in their F-150 trucks.  Ford allegedly started selling vehicles including the F-150 with the patent’s fuel system design after telling the inventor that the company has no interest in the technology.  The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia by TMC Fuel Injection System LLC.  The company is based in Wayne, Pennsylvania and is seeking a court order barring Ford’s conduct.  In the lawsuit, TMC is also asking for unspecified damages.

Ford started discussions with the patent inventor Shou L. Hou back in December 2004, which was more than 2 years after an application was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the technology.  The discussions about licensing the technology had failed in 2008 when Ford said that the company was not interested in pursuing the system.

TMC said that they have been “irreparably harmed” by Ford’s “willful and deliberate” infringement.  TMC is seeking a halt on any infringement, compensatory damages, and triple damages.

The technology in the patent addresses performance and fuel waste by increasing the fuel injection dynamic range.  The system gives fuel savings of as much as 35% in the city and gives a power boost option for acceleration.  Ford spokesman Mike Levine told that he was not aware of the complaint at the time of being contacted.

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