Bartlit Beck Announce Verdict in Krippelz v Ford Motor Co.
CHICAGO -- A real-life David vs. Goliath story unfolded last week in Chicago when a Federal jury on Friday awarded a $23 million verdict to Jacob Krippelz, Sr. in a patent infringement patent infringement n. the manufacture and/or use of an invention or improvement for which someone else owns a patent issued by the government, without obtaining permission of the owner of the patent by contract, license or waiver. lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. His patent, on an automotive lighting system used in exterior rear view mirrors, was issued in 1991.
The verdict came 10 years after Krippelz first sued Ford in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the following counties, divided into two divisions: . Krippelz is the 77-year-old Chief Executive Officer of Jake's, Inc., a machining and heavy equipment component manufacturing company in Aurora, Illinois.
Krippelz was represented in the trial by Mark Ferguson, Adam Mortara and Hamilton Hill, all of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP LLP - Lower Layer Protocol of Chicago. James Ryndak and Mark Suri of the patent firm Ryndak & Suri LLP of Chicago also represented Krippelz in the litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. .
"This is the culmination of a very long fight for Jake Krippelz," said Ferguson, "and we are pleased to have been able to help him finally vindicate his patent rights."
"It is an especially gratifying grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. result," said Ryndak, "because it shows that a hard-working individual like Jake Krippelz with a patented invention can prevail against even one of the largest corporations in America."
Jakes, Inc., which Krippelz runs together with his sons Joseph Krippelz and Jacob Krippelz, Jr., now has two plants, located in Aurora and Montgomery, Illinois. The company offers full line metal fabrication fabrication (fab´rikā´shn),
n the construction or making of a restoration. and machining of both production and custom components for a diverse range of industrial customers, including heavy equipment manufacturers.