Toyota Throws Another Punch In Hybrid Feud

Law360 (March 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japanese automaker Toyota is striking back at a small transmission company that sued the auto giant last year in Germany for hybrid transmission design patent infringement, this week initiating a countersuit against Antonov Automotive Technology BV in a Japanese court.

Antonov, a Dutch technology and licensing company, first bared its teeth at Toyota last April in a bid to protect its prized transmission patent. The technology is used in the transmissions of Toyota’s popular Prius hybrid sedan.

The complaint also named Toyota’s Lexus-brand hybrid SUV RX400h....
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