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Patent Case May Threaten Toyota Hybrid Imports.

Bloomberg News (9/4, Decker, Ohnsman) reports, "Toyota Motor Corp., the world's biggest seller of autos powered by a combination of gasoline and electricity, faces a patent-infringement claim that may result in a U.S. import ban on its Prius and other hybrid models." Closely held Paice LLC filed a complaint Thursday "with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington," claiming Toyota is infringing its patent. The company seeks an order to ban imports of Toyota products using its invention." Bloomberg recalls that "Paice won a jury verdict in 2005 that the Prius and hybrid Highlander and Lexus RX400h sport-utility vehicles used Paice inventions related to drivetrains. The new ITC complaint claims the hybrid Camry, third-generation Prius, Lexus HS250h sedan and Lexus RX450h SUV infringe the same patent."

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