With all the news coming out recently about the small claims lawsuit over the Honda Civic Hybrid, readers may have forgotten the name behind a long-running legal issue over Toyota's hybrid system: Paice. The latest development is that Paice and the Abell Foundation (an investor in Paice) have sued Hyundai and Kia over the gas-electric technology used in the Optima and Sonata hybrids (pictured), which shares some parts with Paice says infringes its patents, just as it says Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive does. Read up on the details of Alex Severinsky's story here.

According to Automotive News, Paice claims that Hyundai and Kia should have known that Toyota was dealing with legal issues – especially since Paice has been contacting Hyundai about the issue – and says that the Korean automakers are infringing upon three patents that Paice owns. Toyota and Paice settled their long-looming hybrid patent infringement case in 2010 after eight years, during which time the courts routinely rejected Toyota's request to dismiss the case. Toyota eventually paid royalties to Paice for the Prius, Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX400h models it sold.


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      behinddawindow
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like someone sat on the front of that Hyundai... The sister car, Kia Optima gets the same MPG and looks better! Who @ Hyundai said, lets sacrifice looks for a slightly better drag coefficient
      navypond
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see that Paice is another patent troll(of the automotive world), just like Apple is in the gadget world...
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Paice is a company that creates nothing...they're patent trolls...
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        Famsert
        • 2 Years Ago
        Uh Paice sued Ford at the same time that they sued Toyota you know?
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        Famsert
        • 2 Years Ago
        Actually it doesn't surprise me at all that you didn't know considering Autoblog doesn't even mention Ford in this article despite mentioning Toyota 7 times.
      omgcool
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yikes, that Hyundai is quite unattractive.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @omgcool
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      c.schumacher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oriental companies not honoring intellectual property laws? Color me surprised.
        navypond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @c.schumacher
        2013 Ford Fusion. Have to say I was very impressed with its Aston Martin design.
        navypond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @c.schumacher
        2013 Ford Fusion. Have to say I was very impressed with its Aston Martin design.
        blas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @c.schumacher
        a surprising comment from someone who still uses the word 'oriental'
      William
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why the ugly front end grill on the Sonata hybrid? The regular Sonata grill looks fine.
      fat
      • 2 Years Ago
      isn't Ford's hybrid system using Paice technology as well?
      mygm4dn5
      • 2 Years Ago
      predict people sueing Honda over mileage claims. Calif. Honda lawsuit could be model for other Civic Hybrid owners http://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/05/business/calif-honda-lawsuit-could-be-model-for-other-civic-hybrid-owners/
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mygm4dn5
        Dang Justin Campanale, how many accounts do you have, I've lost count.
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      GearHeadDeals.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Paice owns patents that toyots pays to use. Hyundai et al use these same parts they purchased from toyota? And paice wants them to pay too? Can see both sides of the story-toyota has rights to the IP, but does that give them rights to sell it to othersm i'm no lawyer but I am interested in the outcome. Gearheaddeals.com
        navypond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GearHeadDeals.com
        No. Hyundai didn't purchase any parts from Toyota & their parts are not the same as those found in Toyota hybrids. Hyundai developed their own type of Hybrid powertrain to avoid any hybbrid patents already owned or used by Toyota. You seem very confused.
      daewootech
      • 2 Years Ago
      anything to stunt the shift off of suburbans...
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