Detroit Bureau: Ford, Toyota Settle Contentious Hybrid Lawsuit

Both the Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have signed off on settlement with Paice LLC in a contentious patent dispute over hybrid technology.

Paice had charged both Ford and Toyota with violating a specific patent that it had owned since 1992.  If the supplier’s suit had gone forward, it left open the possibility that the makers might have been barred from producing or selling their hybrid models in the U.S., including the top-selling Toyota Prius.

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