In the Watergate conspiracy it eventually came down to how much President Nixon knew and when. In the budding controversy surrounding hybrid-vehicle development, it’s about whether Ford is borrowing technology from Toyota and why. It all started last month, when Toyota announced it would license to Ford 20 of 350 patents covering the hybrid control system used in its Prius sedan. Although this isn’t seen as a big moneymaker for Toyota, the Japanese auto maker has been seeking ...

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