Corporations: RCA Takes on Ford

When it bought up Philadelphia's faltering Philco Corp. 4½ months ago, the Ford Motor Co. intended merely to acquire a readymade position in the electronics and aerospace industries. Last week Ford was discovering that by taking over Philco it had also bought its way into a savage feud with another U.S. industrial giant—Radio Corp. of America.

Bad Blood. The bad blood between RCA and Philco dates back to a 1957 antitrust action in which Philco charged that it was unfairly handicapped in its manufacture of radio and TV sets by RCA's industry-blanketing control of some 12,000 patents, and demanded...

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