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Amazon leads other U.S. tech giants in driving patent applications

New alliances with big carmakers expected as the internet and autos converge

(Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

TOKYO -- Amazon has filed the most patent applications for next-generation automotive technology among five major U.S. tech giants over the past two decades, Nikkei research found.

The e-commerce giant, which has made a key acquisition in autonomous driving, has produced a surge in patent filings in the field, in which Google had taken an early lead.

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