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Automakers in Korea and Japan embrace defensive patent aggregation, but Chinese companies hold out.
One of the big themes in Asia’s automaking industry this year has been a significant move by Japanese and Korean brands to join defensive patent alliances. It’s a strategic shift for the industry that in many ways is being led by companies in this part of the world, rather than their North American and European counterparts. But Chinese companies have not yet followed the same path in significant numbers, and industry observers say with litigation on the rise there, buy-in from players in China will be crucial for these alliances going forward.
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Nissan, Toyota join ranks of Asian automakers flocking to defensive alliances.
It looks as though Nissan has become the latest member of the License On Transfer (LOT) Network. The website of the defensive alliance, whose members pledge to grant a licence to all other members anytime they transfer a patent to a third party, lists the Japanese automaker as having formally joined last Thursday, June 9th. This is only the latest sign that Asia-based car companies as a group are embracing defensive arrangements, in an attempt to mitigate the risk of technology convergence in the auto sector bringing greater numbers of NPE assertions.
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This Automaker Just Joined IBM and Google as a Patron of Open-Source Software.
While not as momentous as its introduction of the Prius in 1997—the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle—Toyota Motor Corp TM -0.33% quietly took another bold, industry-leading step toward technological innovation last month.
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Toyota throws weight behind Linux patent protection group.
You probably don’t think of car companies as Linux and open-source supporters. You’d be wrong. Toyota, the world’s largest car manufacturer, just joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history.
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  • What the industry is saying…

    Hyundai Kia Motors are both committed to offering the highest-quality, intelligent vehicle platforms that leverage Linux and open source technologies. By joining the Open Invention Network, we will use the opportunity to further develop its infotainment platform. Moreover, we will help to ensure the ongoing development of open solutions that stimulate growth in the automotive industry.
    Eon Youl ShinHyundai Motor Company

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