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  1. TireSmokinSRT

    TireSmokinSRT Bring in the stunt cock

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    http://www.thechromepony.com/News-12-08-04a.html

    New Mustang Sued for Patent Infringement

    Beverly Hills, CA – Frank Weyer, a patent attorney and inventor of U.S. Patent No. 5,975,728 issued on Nov. 2, 1999 announced today that he has sued Ford Motor Company for patent infringement.



    According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California as Civil Action No. 04-08630 CBM (SHx), the "MyColor" TM option that is part of the interior upgrade package on the 2005 Ford Mustang infringes Mr. Weyer's patent for "Method and Apparatus for Providing User Selectable Multi-Color Instrument Panel Illumination."

    Reportedly, Mr. Weyer conceived of his invention while a graduate student at M.I.T. After the U.S. Patent Office granted the patent in 1999, Mr. Weyer sent a letter to Ford and other automobile manufacturers offering to license his invention. Ford did not respond.

    Now, five years later, the new Ford Mustang features a user color-changeable instrument panel lighting system Ford calls "MyColor" that Mr. Weyer claims infringes his patent. Mr. Weyer is seeking damages and an injunction that would prevent Ford from selling or delivering any new Mustangs with the "MyColor" option.

    Mr. Weyer, filed the complaint on October 19, 2004. Prior to formally serving the complaint, Mr. Weyer contacted Ford, and offered to reach a cooperative resolution. Ford initially requested additional time to respond, which Mr. Weyer granted. After two months without a substantive response from Ford, according to court rules, Mr. Weyer was required to formally serve Ford with the complaint. Mr. Weyer has informed Ford's in-house counsel that he is preparing a preliminary injunction motion that he intends to file in the near future. The preliminary injunction, if granted, would immediately bar Ford from offering for sale, selling, manufacturing or delivering any 2005 Mustangs with the infringing MyColor feature. That could prove to be a disappointment for Ford, which has launched a massive media push behing the 2005 Mustang, hoping that sales of the Mustang will drive its passenger car sales as a whole.



    My brother's GT was due in this weekend, but he received a call by the dealership to tell him this news (i thought it was BS, so i had to research)

    idiots...

    RP?
     
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  3. Lasu

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    Damn.
     
  4. pixel804

    pixel804 yabba dabba do

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    hahahaah that could fuck up ford really bad if they can't sell their mustangs

    i wonder how much money they'll lose from lost/delayed sales + all the marketing they spent
     
  5. Acesn8s

    Acesn8s The Deadman's Hand

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    :rofl:

    :fawk: to big corporations!

    They'll settle out of court with this guy.
     
  6. racerchris

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  7. TireSmokinSRT

    TireSmokinSRT Bring in the stunt cock

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    :werd:

    but homie is going to get PAID!!!!!!!

    my brother is so blown!!!! But that's what he gets for buying a Ford

    :mamoru:
     
  8. holy diver

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  9. keizersoze

    keizersoze You Am I

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    that shit is WHACK! ..... owned
     
  10. Maverick

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    I hope to god they get majorly owned. Ford has taken a bad direction, and it leads straight to the shitter.
     
  11. SaintGRW

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  12. Maverick

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    If your bro really wants the GT, just tell him to tell the dealer to rip that POS "mycolor" instrument panel out and put in a nice OEM one.
     
  13. YesterdaysGone

    YesterdaysGone Iced Out Platinum Member

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    i think that would be worth at least 2-3 million from ford, seeing as how they will pay very large to see that this goes "unnoticed" as possible.
     
  14. Maverick

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    OH FUCK! Doesn't the Scion tC have that option too!??!?!
     
  15. God of Gamblers

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    :rofl: Instant multi-millionaire.
     
  16. SaintGRW

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    I hope he doesn't accept an offer and rapes them in court. :x:
     
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    BlackCord96 The Humble Magnificent.

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  19. skeletor25rs

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    Should be worth a lot more than 2-3 million.

    How much to add it as an option? times however many its supposed to go in, per year :o
     
  20. PurpleSplat

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    That's interesting, considering that there were a bunch of Mustangs with the MyColor option sold here. One of the guys in the office has one.

    Not to mention that many aftermarket stereos have the same feature and so do cell phones. I don't think he'll get far in his suit.
     
  21. PurpleSplat

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    It was something like $500 CAD to add the option, but there were other options packaged in there as well.
     
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    < DEV > Red Rocket

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  23. SaintGRW

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    No lightning, no cobra, The GT isn't to be driven under and circumstances and now this, Ford is on a role!
     
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    Who's to say those companies haven't paid for the rights to use it?
     
  25. Xiria

    Xiria Because I really do care...

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    If this is true, this guy will be paid ASAP to be able to push the new cars out the door...
     

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