We are into a world of harsh rivalry, where companies are pushing the limits to obtain patents for their technologies. And it’s quite a gigantic surprise when we come to know of manufacturers who are willing to drop their patency rights to usher in a unanimous growth in the respective fields.
Toyota is the name that stands out as an example. Recently, they have announced that they are to open source the patent rights acquired by them. And that too in a field that holds the potential to be the next big factor in automotives – hydrogen fuel technology.
As many as 5,680 fuel cell-related patents held globally by Toyota will now be open sourced, letting their adoption in a royalty-free manner. The aim is to bring in an effective, economic and swift development of technologies in the fuel cell field by eliminating the traditional corporate boundaries.
The patent technologies that are to be made open sourced includes mainly of the fuel cell system software control. A total of 3,350 patent rights have been now acquired by Toyota for the same.
The rest includes 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply.
The listed patent also covers several of the patent rights that have been used for the development of Mirai, the hydrogen fuel powered automotive believed to be a milestone in the technology.
Although being a good measure, some are in concern of the real intentions of Toyota for opening up the patency rights. While it may encourage the flow of more and more vendors into the fuel cell technology, concerns are that some may be shedding electric vehicle projects in the run for the new age technology.
Although with that being a certain possibility, Toyota certainly deserves praise for it to come up with this measure, which could light up the minds of at least some in this competitive world.