Who Invented the Hybrid Car? Toyota, Ford Finally Settle Patent Battles…

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Paice LLC founder Severinsky has for years waged battles against Toyota and claiming they’ve used his hybrid technology in their In the last few days settlements emerged in both cases.

hybrids, and the name Toyota probably comes to mind, or even Ford Fusion. But how Paice LLC and its founder, Alex Never heard of ‘em? Severinsky has for years waged battles against Toyota and claiming the two automakers have his patented hybrid technology in models. In the last few days have emerged in both

Ford and Paice filed against one another in May over that the Ford Fusion infringes on a Paice patent sought a judgement that the is invalid). On Friday, however, and Paice announced that they had a settlement. Details are sparse, but a from Paice says the has entered an “an agreement for the license of patent” and that “the will be promptly dismissed, to an end all patent infringement litigation the two companies.”

Courtesy of the Cleantech at Heslin Rothenberg Farley P.C.

The suit illuminates how heated the to develop and protect intellectual related to green cars has According to Australia-based IP law firm Hack, filings for patents hybrid technology have “increasing roughly exponentially ” much of the industry in the last few although the Clean Energy Growth Index from property law firm Heslin Farley Mesiti suggests a gradual climb.

Issued in 1994, Paice’s patent in the with Ford (one of 11 that Paice has obtained to hybrid tech) covers a voltage system for using an internal combustion engine and motor as sources of torque to the vehicle. At the heart of the system (as in the patent on file with the ) is a microprocessor that “receives inputs from the driver of the and monitors the performance of the electric and the internal combustion engine, the of charge of the battery, and other variables.” It uses this to determine whether the internal engine, electric motor or should provide torque to

the wheels in a given situation.

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With Toyota, Severinsky had the automaker used his technology in the Prius, Lexus RX450h and and the hybrid version of the Toyota According to Bloomberg, Severinsky royalties from the company’s sales after a judge to halt imports of the Prius, as as Camry and Lexus hybrids .

which has racked up thousands of for hybrid systems and components the last decade, said it had actually developed its own tech. But on Monday, ahead of a U.S. Trade Commission hearing to begin dealing with claim, the pair announced an to settle after six years of


According to a release from today, the companies agreed “although certain Toyota have been found to be to a Paice patent, Toyota designed and developed the Prius and hybrid technology independent of any of Dr. Severinsky and Paice as part of long history of innovation.”

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