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Toyota and Canon among companies freeing patents to fight virus

Hundreds of thousands are expected to be released to develop new treatments

About 20 Japanese companies will cooperate to release hundreds of thousands of patents to develop new treatments for the coronavirus. (Nikkei Montage/Source photo by Reuters)

TOKYO -- About 20 Japanese companies, including Toyota Motor and Canon, will release patents and other intellectual property held in Japan and overseas for free to help fight the new coronavirus, Nikkei has learned.

The goal is to make it easier for businesses and research organizations to develop medical devices as well as testing and treatment technologies. The hope is that it will lead to a faster resolution of the crisis, which threatens to seriously affect the global economy.

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