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GM Claiming Lead in Innovation

Tops among 182 auto and transportation companies.

by on May.17, 2011

To feed the need for advanced products like the Chevy Volt, GM is pressing to take the lead in patent work.

The Patent Board has ranked General Motors as the top innovator of 182 companies in its quarterly automotive and transportation industry scorecard.

The Board analyzes intellectual property performance across 17 industries and determines the leader in each sector based on measurements that include the number of patents, impact on the industry, and technology and science strength.

GM also ranked first in the automotive/transportation sector in the previous scorecard, published in January.

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“We focus on inventions that make our vehicles more sustainable,” said Alan Taub, GM’s vice president of R&D. “Our engineers are developing advanced technologies that increase fuel efficiency and ensure safety while maintaining the excitement of personal mobility.”