Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:40

Paice Sues Ford for Patent Infringement on Hybrids

Hybrid technology developer Paice filed a lawsuit against Ford, accusing the automaker of patent infringement. The Maryland-based company claims to have met with Ford more than 100 times between 1999 and 2004, providing modeling and component designs for hybrid versions of various Ford vehicles.

Ford reportedly had entered into a licensing agreement in 2010 for a Paice patent, which has expired. The agreement included an arbitration clause; however, Paice claims Ford declined to arbitrate and forced a formal lawsuit to resolve the infringement allegations.

Previously, Paice successfully sued Toyota in a case that dates back several years. The Japanese automaker was forced to pay $4.3 million in damages, along with $25 for every Prius, Highlander Hybrid, and Lexus RX400h sold.

A damages estimate for Ford's alleged infringement was not fully detailed in the initial court filing, though Paice appears to be pushing for an injunction to halt sales of infringing vehicles if a royalty agreement is not established.

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