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PHOTO CAPTION: Professor Robert Kearns invented the intermittent wiper, only to have it copied by Ford. A protracted lawsuit ensued.

Will 'Flash of Genius' Spell Trouble for Ford?

'Flash of Genius' is the Hollywood version of Kearns v. Ford Motor Co., based on the 1978 lawsuit by the late inventor of the intermittent windshield.

Published: 01-Oct-2008

As if Ford Motor Co. doesn't have enough problems.

The automaker has lost almost $24 billion over the past 2 1/2 years, shed more than 50,000 jobs and can't predict when it will make money again.

And now this: "Flash of Genius," a mainstream movie, paints Ford as the greedy corporate villain, tapping into a national strain of anti-corporate, anti-Detroit emotion that could dissuade would-be Ford customers.

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