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Jury Finds Chrysler Infringed on Wiper Patent: The inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper won his patent infringement suit against Chrysler Corp. It was Robert Kearns' second victory against one of the Big Three auto makers. Kearns said he is seeking $36 million from Chrysler and a 12-year contract to supply intermittent wipers to the company. The jury will meet in January to hear arguments on damages. In a 1990 case against Ford Motor Co., Kearns agreed to a $10.2-million settlement after the jury deadlocked on how much Ford should pay in damages. Chrysler wouldn't comment on the verdict, except to say: "They determined we are, in fact, liable. How much is yet to be determined. Because of further legal action, we are reserving further comment."

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