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Ford is getting themselves sued. Paice LLC filed a lawsuit accusing for of infringing on their patents with technology in the C-Max, Fusion and MKZ. Supposedly Ford had begun learning from Paice in 1999, holding over 100 meeting with Paice between then and 2004.

Paice is claiming Ford infringes on its patents pertaining to controlling electric motors and internal combustion engines so they have increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions without any loss of performance. Which is exactly what Ford and Lincoln have been advertising.

US: Ford faces lawsuit over hybrid vehicles patents
 

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It would certainly be embarrassing for Ford to lose this lawsuit. Ford has amazing lawyers though, and there are two sides to every story. What would happen if Ford loses the suit? Would they put a hold on the sales of all those vehicles (that's what happened in some Samsung/Microsoft patent suit in Germany). Or would Ford just have to pay a crazy fine to Paice and continue paying it for the use of its technology?
 

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I mean I'm sure that Ford wasn't anticipating a lawsuit over this. Just like how Microsoft wasn't expecting a law suit over the XBox 360.

Are you just expecting a big fine instead then? It would have to be pretty hefty to make up for the profit and market share that Lincoln has gotten through stealing technology.
 
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