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Ford Settles Hybrid Patent Lawsuit

Terms of settlement with Paice LLC undisclosed.

Published: 20-Jul-2010

Ford Motor Co., maker of the Fusion hybrid car, said it settled a patent-infringement dispute by agreeing to license Paice LLC's drivetrain technology.

Ford will pay for a licence on technology used to supply torque to a car's wheels from an electric motor and internal combustion engine, the companies said in a statement Friday. Terms weren't disclosed.

The case involves the same Paice patent at the centre of a dispute with Toyota Motor Corp. that is scheduled to go to trial next week. The hearing before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington could result in a ban on imports of Toyota's newest hybrid vehicles, including the Camry Hybrid, Prius III, Lexus HS250h and Lexus RX450h.

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