Transmission specialist Antonov is taking Toyota to the German courts over allegations that the automaker violated an existing patent with its hybrid drivetrains. While the article states that German case law can extend to the entire European Union, and Antonov had also filed for patent protection in Japan, no mention is made of the legal situation as it relates to the US. This is the second such lawsuit filed against Toyota recently, which seems a bit odd. Are some of these little companies looking for a quick out-of-court settlement in hopes that Toyota will want to avoid negative publicity, or is there something more going on? I won't try to guess, so we'll have to wait and see what the courts decide.

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