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Toyota follows Tesla, makes hydrogen patents open source
5,680 H2 Patents Will Be Available To Use For Free
Source : autoblog
Author: Sebastian Blanco



Back in June, Tesla said All Our Patents Are Belong to You as it released its electric vehicle patents to the world. CEO Elon Musk said at the time that patents, "serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession." Despite some disagreement on which gasoline alternative (electricity or hydrogen) will power the automotive future, it looks like the folks over at Toyota like the idea of making advanced technology easier for others to get their hands on.

Last summer, Tesla said that it would, "not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology." In an announcement today at CES, Toyota said it would let "automakers who will produce and sell fuel cell vehicles, as well as ... fuel cell parts suppliers and energy companies who establish and operate fueling stations" get free access to 5,680 fuel cell related patents around the world. That means if you're interested in building your own Mirai H2 car, you can now get some of the instructions. There's a catch, though, in that Toyota's H2 vehicle patents will only be free, "through the initial market introduction period, anticipated to last until 2020." Patents about making and selling hydrogen will be free "for an unlimited duration."

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While I like the idea in theory, has anyone taken advantage of Tesla's patents? If it helps grow these alternatives faster I'm all for it, I'm just curious if they're making them public because they know no one will use them...
No one will use them because Toyota is no where near being the Hydrogen technology leader. That honor goes to GM who license the technology to Honda, that way they make money off of it
 
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