Friday, February 10, 2006

The ITC will investigate Solomon complaint against Prius

On January 13, 2006, IPBiz discussed the ITC complaint filed by Solomon against Toyota over hydrid vehicles. The patent in question is US 5,067,932.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced on February 10 that it will look at the claim asserted on the patent owned by U.S.-based Solomon Technologies Inc. -- based in Tarpon Springs, Florida (in Pinellas County, north of Clearwater), and which provides propulsion systems for marine applications and motors for vehicles and machinery. Shares of Solomon Technologies rose 23 percent in over-the-counter trading on Feb. 10.

If the ITC agrees with Solomon, Japan's top automaker could be banned from importing the systems and the Prius and Highlander hybrid models that they power. The ITC said opening a case does not mean it has made any decision on the merits.

A Toyota spokesman said the company cannot comment on ongoing cases.

In September, Solomon applied to a Florida federal court for an injunction against Toyota barring infringement and damages for unauthorized use of its patented technologies.



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