With apologies to Brian Wilson & Mike Love of the Beach Boys, AutoBlog reports that Toyota hybrids may be banned for patent infringement. A complaint filed with United States International Trade Commission (ITC) last week alleges that technology employed in the company's Hybrid Synergy Drive componentry illegally infringes upon Solomon Technology, Inc.'s U.S. Patent Number 5,067,932. Solomon Technologies had already filed a similar motion in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa division in September of 2005.
We'll we will put our money on the folks from the Land of the Samurai, but just in case their Occidental lawyers need some help getting the engine cranked over on the defense, the IdeaCop(tm) has come up with some references in the attached file for their use.
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