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Japan draws up road map for avoiding connected-car patent disputes

Guidelines aim to dispel confusion over rights to cross-industry tech

Honda Motor and other Japanese automakers have been hit with demands from 48 telecommunications hardware developers to pay patent fees for connected-car components.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will soon give companies direction on steering clear of a major risk to developing connected cars: patent lawsuits.

Thursday's new guidelines by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will lay out a four-step process for businesses to negotiate "standard essential patent" (SEP) fees.

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