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Toyota loses latest bid to dismiss hybrid patent infringement case against Paice

Toyota has, once again, failed to shake the long-looming hybrid patent infringement case brought forth by Paice LLC<

Mazda gets patent for offset wheel-mounted electric motor

Mazda was granted a new U.S. patent this week for the design of an offset wheel-mounted motor for electric and hybrid vehicles. In previous wheel/hub motor configurations, the motor has typically been mounted concentric with the wheel. The essence of the patent is that the motor is offset from the wheel axis, with a gearset installed to provide drive torque to the hub.

Mazda gets patent for offset wheel mounted electric motor

Mazda was granted a new U.S. patent this week for a design of an offset wheel-mounted motor for electric and hybrid vehicles. In previous wheel/hub motor configurations, the motor has typically been mounted concentric with the wheel. The essence of the patent is that the motor is offset from the wheel axis with a gear-set installed to provide drive torque to the hub.

REPORT: Toyota Prius imports under threat from U.S. patent trade case?

2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota Prius importation under threat due to U.S. patent trade case?

2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

EDITORIAL: Attention Wall Street Journal - Ford does not use Toyota's hybrid system!

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

EDITORIAL: Attention Wall Street Journal - Ford does not use Toyota's hybrid system!

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

First hybrid patent awarded 100 years ago this month

The first known hybrid was developed by the original Ferdinand Porsche back around the beginning of the twentieth century. The first U.S. hybrid patent, though, was granted to German-born inventor Henri Pieper around the same time, on March 2, 1909. The patent was awarded for something Pieper called "Mixed Drive for Autovehicles," and in his application, submitted in 1905, he wrote t