Nippon Steel sues Toyota, Baoshan for patent infringement By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A production line of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.’s Kimitsu steel plant is pictured in Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp on Thursday said it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Toyota Motor (NYSE:) Corp and China’s Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd (Baosteel).

Nippon Steel in a news release said it was seeking 20 billion yen ($176.26 million) in damages from each company regarding its patent related to non-oriented magnetic steel sheets used in electric vehicles.

Toyota said the suit was “very regrettable”, claiming that the company found no patent infringement issues before it signed a supply deal with the steelmaker, the carmaker said in a statement to Reuters.

A Baosteel spokesperson had no immediate comment.

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