Subaru Corporation who makes the popular 2020 Forster, Outback and Crosstrek all-wheel-drive models is committed to preventing the spread of any new coronavirus virus infection. They have publicly signed a declaration stating they are in support of preventing the spread of new COVID-19 infection.
But it goes far beyond support as they are partnering with many other Japanese companies who have said they will join together to help develop therapeutic drugs and vaccines and manufacture medical devices and infection control products for the purpose of ending the spread of new coronavirus infections. They will do it in a humanitarian effort and will not seek compensation or look to profit from any newly developed drugs or vaccines.
Subaru joins 71 other companies along with Japanese automakers Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Isuzu. The announcement says any intellectual property developed by the signees of the declaration for this cause will not exercise any patent right, utility model right, design right, or copyright, and no compensation is required.
The Subaru declaration signed on May 21, 2020, says, “In view of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we hereby declare, without seeking any compensation, that, for the purpose of establishing an environment in which the owner of intellectual property right shall not enforce such rights in a manner that might hinder the expeditious provision of medical care, infection control, prevention and other countermeasures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Other companies in the U.S. are also open-pledge declarers. They include Facebook, Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard, and others. These companies are also publicly committing to making intellectual property relevant to COVID-19 freely available and commit to using every tool available at their disposal “to be applied to develop and deploy technologies on a massive scale without impediment.”
As Subaru Corporation is reopening both manufacturing plants that make the 2020 Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and other all-wheel-drive models, they are also working on global issues affecting the world’s population. The Japanese automaker along with many companies are making their resources available to ending the spread of new coronavirus infections.
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