Toyota announces free sharing of hydrogen patents

  • Toyota has said that it will freely share some 6,000 patents it owns linked to the technology of hydrogen fuel cells, as per media reports.

    The car maker said it was taking the step to boost development of automobiles which use alternative fuel sources. The announcement came after Toyota showed its new hydrogen-driven car at the Las Vegas CES.

    Anyone wanting to use the patents can do so free of charge.

    Bob Carter, the senior vice president of the firm's automotive operations, said launching the first generation of vehicles propelled by hydrogen fuel cells needed an “unconventional collaboration” among various stakeholders.

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