The U.S. trade panel plans to investigate an allegation that Toyota Motor Crop has infringed patented technology to make its hybrid vehicles. The U.S. International Trade Commission said that Paice LLC, based in Florida, has asked it to order Toyota to stop using the infringing technology to produce its hybrids and to bar imports on its fuel-saving vehicles.
Paice has also filed a similar suit in a U.S. court in Texas, a popular venue for infringement suits. That suit asks Toyota to pay fees to Paice based on the number of hybrids sold.
The suit also includes Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Motor Sales.
“Toyota itself has many patents on the hybrid technology and believes that it has strong defenses against all of Paice’s claims and that it will prevail in the ITC proceeding,” Toyota said in a statement.
Toyota has appealed Paice’s claim to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
– By: Omar Rana