A lawsuit has been filed against Ford Motor Co for allegedly infringing a patent that covers a fuel-injection system it uses in its top-selling F-150 truck. In the federal lawsuit, TMC Fuel Injection System LLC of Wayne, Penn., says it is the assignee and owner of the January 2008 patent, which covers a fuel flow process that improves fuel economy, cuts exhaust emissions and reduces idle speed. It was invented in 2002 by a Harvard University-trained engineer that TMC employed, Shou Hou, who in later years communicated several times with Ford personnel about TMC, possibly licensing the technology to the automaker, according to the complaint.
According to TMC, in August 2008, Ford decided against licensing the technology but has been incorporating it in vehicles, including the F-150. Saying it has been “irreparably harmed” by Ford’s “willful and deliberate” infringement, TMC is seeking a halt to any infringement, plus compensatory and triple damages in the lawsuit.
Ford’s F-Series pickups are by far the largest-selling vehicle in the United States, as reported by automakers. Sales totaled 350,455 from January to July, 44 percent higher than No. 2-ranked Toyota Camry, and 57 percent higher than the F-Series’ main rival, the Chevrolet Silverado-C/K. Robert Sachs, a partner in the Philadelphia office at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs, represents TMC. The case is TMC Fuel Injection System LLC v. Ford Motor Co, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, No. 12-04971.
Source: Claims Journal
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