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Toyota cagey about when fuel cell royalties will kick in

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Toyota's Mirai fuel cell car on display at a recent electronics trade show in Las Vegas.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The birth of the auto industry in the West was an era of boisterous disputes over intellectual property. A century later, as the industry looks to make the jump from gasoline to hydrogen, Toyota Motor is doing what would have been unthinkable back then: letting rivals use patented technology for free.

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