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Another lawsuit against Toyota?

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I know Soloman Technologies has brought up a lawsuit with Toyota for using patented technology, but now I've just read a story about a company called Anotov PLC that is also suing?

07.03.2006 08:46

HUGIN NEWS/Toyota Infringement Case Update

During its presentation at the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota has made clear how important its hybrid driveline is from a qualitative point of view as well as in sales numbers.

Toyota has made strong use of this driveline in promoting its environmental credentials and in a recent survey amongst 1,800 persons in the most important European markets the company was ranked number 1 in this respect.

As has been previously announced, Antonov plc, the automotive technology company, filed an infringement action against Toyota at the Patent Court in Düsseldorf alleging infringement of its patents by the driveline of the Toyota Prius and Lexus RX400h in April 2005. The infringement claim relates to the overall driveline configuration and is not limited to a minor design feature.

Toyota's response to the Antonov suit has strengthened Antonov's confidence in the strength of its claim, which will be settled in the German courts by the end of August 2006.

To date around 250,000 Hybrid vehicles have been sold worldwide using the Toyota driveline. According to publications on future numbers Toyota expects to sell 300,000 units during 2006 and a number exceeding 1 million vehicles a year by 2010.

Furthermore the Toyota product containing the patented Antonov technology has been sub-licensed to a number of car manufacturers, Ford being amongst them.

John Moore, CEO of Antonov commented:

"As I have said before, we would not have taken legal action against Toyota unless we were confident that we had a strong case. It is crucial that we protect our patents and seek royalty payments in respect of all products manufactured or sold in the territories where our patent cover exists. We believe that Toyota has both infringed our patents as well as licensing this technology to other manufacturers. We are still prepared to be reasonable and to co-operate with Toyota on realistic terms. However, Toyota must be made aware that its recent strategy will not intimidate Antonov in its defence of its patents. We look forward to the German court's judgement in August."


Edited by mustang84

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