Last year, Solomon Technologies Inc. sued Toyota Motor Corp. for the Japanese automaker's alleged use of the company's hybrid technology patents like its Electric Wheel. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida.

Now, the U.S. International Trade Commission is stating that it will honor Solomon's request to investigate the alleged infractions. Said Peter W. DeVecchis, Jr., president of Solomon, “The investigation by the ITC is an important next step in our continuing prosecution of the infringement by Toyota...with this news, we are intensifying our efforts to protect our intellectual property to the fullest extent possible."

Toyota has yet to release an official response regarding the matter.

[Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]

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