Ford Found Rights Violated; Keystone Vows To Appeal

By Automotive Staff | March 28, 2007
BusinessWeek reports that Keystone Automotive Ind., an auto parts distributor, is appealing a ruling that it had infringed on patent rights of Ford Global Technologies.That ruling found that seven of 10 design patents related to Ford’s F-150 pickup infringed by Keystone. States Rick Keister, CEO of Keystone, "We will continue to vigorously defend our position on behalf of our shareholders, the industry and consumers who benefit from the utilization of quality replacement parts and a competitive marketplace." Ford originally complained that Keystone and others infringed on 14 design patents covering exterior parts on its best-selling pickup. The automaker dropped four design patents from the suit prior to the start of the trial.