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Henry Ford: Revolutionizing the Auto Industry/Industrial Leadership, 1928

In His Favor

Once successful, Henry Ford became the target of the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers. The Association had acquired the rights to an automobile patent applied for and obtained over a period of 25 years by inventor/patent attorney, George Baldwin Selden, and was collecting a licensing fee for each vehicle manufactured by the Oldsmobile and Cadillac companies. Now Ford was denied membership of the Association for "business unreliability" and further, a lawsuit was brought against Ford for patent infringement.

The lawsuit lasted almost six years with the final judgment that the Selden patent was valid. Ford immediately appealed the verdict and the appeals court reversed the decision in his favor on January 9, 1911. The Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers did not appeal the reversal and Henry Ford was a national hero.