Movie Analysis Flash of Genius

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Movie Analysis J501 Vishal Shirwadkar
Movie – Flash of Genius
Director – Marc Abraham
Prephase:
The movie “Flash of Genius” is based on a true story of Robert Kearns who invented the Intermittent Windshield Wiper. Robert Kearns tried to sell his Idea to Ford Motor Company but Ford rejected it but at the same time they started using that technology in their cars. Robert Kearns sued the Ford Motor Company for patent infringement in 1978 and the case was put to trial in 1990. Robert Kearns won the case against Ford and Chrysler.
Detailed Analysis:
I am going to look at this case from the two perspectives: Ford’s perspective and Robert Kearns’ perspective. 1970s was the time of automobile boom. The big three car manufacturers were thriving, with a very little or no competition from Japanese auto makers. The automobile industry was then in an evolution phase. New features were added to the cars to attract the consumers. As indicated in the movie, Ford was already trying to develop intermittent wipers, but Ford engineers were not able to come up with a working design. When the Ford Research and Development saw the intermittent wipers working, Ford should have realized that the Robert Kearns has the potential as an inventor and may help Ford with other inventions in the future. There are two strategic steps that Ford could have taken. 1. Assign the contract for the intermittent wiper units to Robert Kearns as originally intended by him. Ford always had the option to reject the units on the basis of the quality. It could have led to Robert working with the existing suppliers to produce quality products that are acceptable by the Ford quality standards. 2. Second strategic option was to offer Robert an employment with Ford as a Research Specialist. Ford could have filed the patent for intermittent wipers as Robert Kearns would have been the employee of…...

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