TOYOTA will open over 20,000 hybrid-related patents free of charge.

You might think that the fee paid for the patents was wasted.
However, if TOYOTA does not obtain a patent when a good invention is born, other companies may get a patent, and they may charge a huge royalty for TOYOTA.
In order to avoid such risks, it is important that TOYOTA itself gets a patent each time.

Having other companies use TOYOTA’s patent (technology) means putting them in the TOYOTA’s system.
Once they are involved in TOYOTA’s system, they are difficult to get out from the system and they have to continue to pay TOYOTA.

Once you bought an iPhone, then you will need iPad and Mac and have to continue to pay a monthly fee to iCloud and Apple Music!