Toyota shares hydrogen patents – for free

Toyota made a high-profile appearance at this year’s International CES show (CES 2015), not just to showcase their hydrogen-powered Mirai car, but to also announce that they will freely share up to 6,000 patents they own covering hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations at Toyota, acknowledged today in a statement that this action is a step towards recognising that collaboration is fundamental to success by stating “When good ideas are shared, great things can happen”.

The patent portfolio covers fuel cell stacks, high-pressure hydrogen tanks, software control systems and the industrial processes involved in generating and supplying the gas.

The full BBC article is available here.

CES 2015 is taking place in Las Vegas this year from January 6th-9th. The hashtag for the event is #CES2015