By Jeremy Barton
| January 31, 2015
On January 29, 2015, Ford Global Technologies LLC (“FGTL”) filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Michigan (2-15-cv-10394) against United Commerce Centers, Inc. (“UCC”), which FGTL believes is doing business as New World International, alleging design patent infringement of the following U.S. Design Patents, which are attributed to the 2004 Ford F-150 and the 2005 Ford Mustang. The pictures below are provided in the complaint.
Ford F150 imageFord Mustang image









 
U.S. Patent No.

Title

Ford Vehicle

D493,552

Vehicle Headlamp

2004 F-150

D501,685

Vehicle Headlamp

2004 F-150

D496,890

Vehicle Grill

2004 F-150

D489,299

Exterior of Vehicle Hood

2004 F-150

D493,753

Exterior of Vehicle Hood

2004 F-150

D498,444

Front Bumper Fascia

2005 Mustang

D501,162

Front Bumper Fascia

2005 Mustang

D510,551

Hood

2005 Mustang

D539,448

Vehicle Taillamp

2005 Mustang

FGTL’s complaint alleges UCC is a distributor and marketer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, and has sold aftermarket parts for the Ford 2004 F-150 and Ford 2005 Mustang. Ford alleges that UCC operates at least four active websites offering for sale aftermarket automotive parts, including autobodycarparts.com, autobodypartsnow.com, Quality-Parts.com, QWuality-Parts.us, and auto_lighthouse eBay and Amazon online stores. FGTL alleges that UCC has infringed, continues to infringe, and has actively induce others to infringe, and contributorially infringe FGTL’s design patents. FGTL’s complaint provides the following comparisons between the design patents and products allegedly sold by UCC.
Ford 552 Comparison Chart








Ford 685 Comparison ChartFord 890 Comparison Chart
Ford 299 Comparison ChartFord 753 Comparison ChartFord 444 Comparison ChartFord 162 Comparison ChartFord 551 Comparison ChartFord 448 Comparison ChartIn the complaint, FGTL seeks a finding of willful infringement, a preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining UCC from directly or indirectly infringing any of FGTL’s nine design patents. FGTL also seeks damages against UCC to adequately compensate FGTL for the infringement of the nine design patents. FGTL also alleges that the UCC infringement has been deliberate and willful, and that the damages should be trebled. FGTL declares that this is an exceptional case and requests an award of attorneys’ fee, disbursements, costs of the action, and an award of interests and costs.
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