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A Patent Thicket for Hybrid Cars - From Toyota

Lorien_the_first_one (1178397) writes | more than 5 years ago

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Lorien_the_first_one (1178397) writes "Toyota is hoping to benefit from new Obama Administration regulations for automobiles here in the US. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Since it started developing the gas-electric Prius more than a decade ago, Toyota has kept its attorneys just as busy as its engineers, meticulously filing for patents on more than 2,000 systems and components for its best-selling hybrid. Its third-generation Prius, which hit showrooms in May, accounts for about half of those patents alone.

"Toyota's goal: to make it difficult for other auto makers to develop their own hybrids without seeking licensing from Toyota, as Ford Motor Co. already did to make its Escape hybrid and Nissan Motor Co. has for its Altima hybrid."

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In the end, it won't matter ... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 5 years ago | (#28615679)

Since they'll all happily cross-license to each other. This is just a ploy to keep anyone else from even thinking about developing a hybrid for sale in the U.S.
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