Bloomberg: Ford Sued Over Use of Company’s Hybrid Vehicle Inventions

Bloomberg reports that Ford Motor Co., the second-biggest U.S. automaker, is accused of developing its hybrid vehicles using technology from Paice, a Baltimore company that won a patent-infringement case against Toyota Motor Corp., maker of the Prius.

Paice says that hybrid and plug-in versions of Ford’s C-Max, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ all infringe its patents covering ways to control electric motors and internal combustion engines so they have increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions without any loss of performance.

“The truth is that Ford built its new hybrid system by relying heavily on the hybrid vehicle inventions it learned from Paice,” Paice said in the suit, filed in federal court in Baltimore. Read more.

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