USPTO Rules For Ford In Dispute Over Hybrid Vehicle Tech

By Aebra Coe (September 29, 2015, 12:15 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Monday that two hybrid vehicle patents Ford has been accused of infringing in federal court are not patentable, concluding prior art renders the technology at issue obvious. 

Ford Motor Co. was accused of infringing five of its patents after turning down a potential business partnership with Paice LLC. (Credit: AP) Ford Motor Co. filed a petition with the USPTO for inter partes review after it was hit with an infringement suit in Maryland federal court in 2014 over its hybrid vehicles by Paice LLC and a nonprofit that funds the company's technology development efforts....

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