ITC Votes To Investigate Toyota Over Hybrid Patent

Law360, New York (October 6, 2009, 5:55 PM EDT) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to open an investigation into accusations of patent infringement that, if proven, could put hybrid vehicles made by Toyota Motor Corp. off U.S. roads for good.

The ITC said Tuesday that it had voted to investigate Paice LLC's claim that Toyota violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by importing and selling certain hybrid electric vehicles and components that infringe one of its patents.

In addition to the Japan-based parent company, the ITC also will investigate alleged...
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