Bloomberg: Toyota Patent Trade Case May Threaten Hybrid Imports

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s biggest seller of autos powered by a combination of gasoline and electricity, faces a patent-infringement claim that may result in a U.S. import ban on its Prius and other hybrid models.

Closely held Paice LLC filed a complaint yesterday with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, claiming Toyota is infringing its patent. The company seeks an order to ban imports of Toyota products using its invention.

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