Financial Times: Patent dispute adds to Toyota’s woes

As if Toyota did not have enough on its plate with a series of damaging recalls, the Japanese carmaker is embroiled in a long-running patent-infringement dispute in the US involving a key part of the technology that drives its hybrid petrol-electric vehicles.

The dispute will come to a head on April 19 when the US International Trade Commission hears an application by Paice, a small Florida company, to bar the import of Toyota hybrid models built in Japan, including the popular Prius hatchback.

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