Dearborn, Michigan – The Ford Motor Company has issued a statement with respect to the new movie Flash of Genius, which tells the story of Bob Kearns, who said that he invented the intermittent windshield wiper and sued Ford, Chrysler and other automakers for patent infringement.

In its statement, Ford said that “While films like Flash of Genius are made for entertainment purposes, the facts are often less dramatic. Bob Kearns, as well as hundreds of engineers from many companies, including Ford, helped develop the intermittent wiper as part of an evolution of existing automotive and electronic components.

“While there are inaccuracies in the film, Ford sees no value in re-hashing the history of a legal case that was resolved in court almost 20 years ago, when a jury ruled that Ford did not wilfully violate Mr. Kearns’ patent.”

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