Reuters: U.S. panel to hear hybrid patent case vs Toyota

A U.S. trade panel that hears patent┬ádisputes said it would investigate allegations that Toyota Motor Corp, the world’s largest automaker, infringed patented technology to make its popular hybrid vehicles.

The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday that Paice LLC, based in Bonita Springs, Florida, had asked it to order Japan’s Toyota to stop using the infringing technology to make the cars and to bar imports with the fuel-saving gasoline/electric technology.

The suit is similar to one that Paice filed in a U.S. court in Texas, a popular venue for infringement suits, where David Folsom issued an order in April requiring Toyota to pay fees to Paice based on the number of cars sold.

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