Solomon Tech's appeal in Toyota hybrid patent case denied

As we recently wrote, Toyota has been ordered to pay the very hefty sum of $4.3 million to Paice LLC for patent infringement related to its Hybrid Synergy Drive. At that time, we mentioned that Solomon Technologies had also sued Toyota regarding its hybrid vehicle technology and was appealing a previous ruling that Toyota did not infringe on one of its patents. There is good news this time for Toyota, as Solomon's appeal was denied by a three-judge panel. Solomon still believes that its patent was indeed infringed upon and claims that they "remain as determined as ever to defend our intellectual property fully and completely," according to Peter W. DeVecchis, President of Solomon Technologies. Solomon had asked that Toyota be forced to stop importing vehicles such as the hot-selling Prius, Camry and Highlander Hybrid models. Solomon has yet to determine whether or not it will continue forward with this particular case, as you can see in the press release pasted after the jump.

Press Release:

Solomon Announces Patent Case Decision

DANBURY, Conn., May 12 -- Solomon Technologies, Inc. today announced that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC generally affirmed the previously announced decision in the case of Solomon Technologies versus the Toyota Motor Corporation, and certain of its affiliates. The decision was rendered by a three judge panel of the full court.

Peter W. DeVecchis, President of Solomon commented, "Although we are disappointed in the Court's conclusion we will review it in detail. We have made no determination as to further steps we might take in this case. We remain as determined as ever to defend our intellectual property fully and completely."

Mr. DeVecchis continued, "While a favorable decision in this matter would have certainly been welcome, our underlying business is solid, our acquisition strategy is working and we expect to continue implementation of our plan during 2008. Although there has been considerable interest in this case over the last two years, it has never been, and is not now, an element of our operating plans or growth strategy. We are continuing to look at new opportunities for our intellectual property, are actively pursuing accretive acquisition targets and generating positive and growing operating results in our Power Electronics division. As we continue to execute on our operating plan, we believe now, more than ever, that the alternative and renewable energy segments offer substantial opportunities for our existing products and new products that we have in the pipeline."

As previously announced, Solomon brought suit against Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, on September 12, 2005, claiming infringement of Solomon's U.S. Patent Number 5,067,932, primarily relating to Toyota's use of the Hybrid Synergy Drive technology in its Prius and Highlander Hybrid vehicles. On January 11, 2006, Solomon filed an additional complaint against Toyota with the ITC seeking to exclude importation of the infringing technology. The action against Toyota and its affiliates in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, has been stayed pending resolution of the ITC action.

Information about Solomon Technologies, Inc.: Solomon Technologies, Inc., through its Motive Power and Power Electronics divisions, develops, licenses, manufactures and sells precision electric power drive systems, including those utilizing its patented Electric Wheel® , Electric Transaxle(TM) and hybrid and regenerative technologies as well as direct current power supplies and power supply systems requiring high levels of reliability and ruggedness for defense, aerospace, marine, commercial, automotive, hybrid electric and all electric vehicle applications.

[Source: Solomon Technologies, Inc.]

More Information