Ford Hybrid Technology Patent A Rip Off? Brand Faces Lawsuit

Mar 10, 2017 10:20 AM EST | Leian N.

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The International Trade Commission recently conducted an investigation with regards to the Ford Hybrid Technology which was linked as a rip off from Toyota's features. In fact, the latter had submitted a complaint against the American company to prevent it from pushing through with the Mexico production process of hybrid electric cars. Will Ford be deferred from creating their version of the trending vehicle type?

According to the Maryland hybrid technology company, Paice, and Abell Foundation, Ford Motor Company imported hybrid electric vehicles that violated their own patents and infringed the 1930 Tariff Act. According to Auto News, the company had been working with Ford since 1999 and was tasked in providing detailed modeling and component design of their upcoming models. However, the company recently declined to license Paice's technology into their products.

According to Robert Oswald, the CEO for Paice, they entrusted their talents to engineers that spent years in creating technical details for Ford models. However, the Ford hybrid technology was misplaced. In fact, Paice requested the ITC to issue a limited exclusion and cease and desist orders against the Ford vehicles such as the Lincoln MKZ which will be built in Mexico and released for purchase in the U.S.

In other news, Business Wire reported that Ford initially introduced 13 electric vehicles to be created by 2020 included into the $4.5 billion-worth of investments for the Mexico plant. Although they have been negotiating a license agreement with Paice, Ford Motor Company faced a patent infringement lawsuit since 2014. In fact, Ford's take on the issue was distinct from other brands that followed different paths with respect to patenting and received 25 petitions before the U.S. agency that challenged their capacity in the industry to create unique vehicles.

Will the Ford hybrid technology be banned from creation in Mexico? How much will it burden Ford into creating these 13 models by 2020? Will these vehicles see the light of day with several complaints against it?

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