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Posted 22 June 2018 - 09:14 PM
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Posted 24 June 2018 - 02:33 AM
The Ford Escape Hybrid, the first hybrid electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), was released in 2005. Toyota and Ford entered into a licensing agreement in March 2004 allowing Ford to use 20 patents from Toyota related to hybrid technology, although Ford's engine was independently designed and built. In exchange for the hybrid licenses, Ford licensed patents involving their European diesel engines to Toyota. Toyota announced calendar year 2005 hybrid electric versions of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h with 4WD-i, which uses a rear electric motor to power the rear wheels, negating the need for a transfer case.
Posted 25 June 2018 - 05:04 PM
A Ford spokesman says Ford didn’t copy much of Toyota’s hybrid blueprint and didn’t necessarily have to obtain the rights to use all of the approximately 20 patents it grabbed from Toyota. Ford has 100 of its own hybrid-related patents on the vehicle.
The CMax is or is not using any of Toyota's patents?
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