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GM, Ford Leading Automotive Innovation Pack

Makers secure patents for vehicles, drivetrains and fuel cells.

by on May.28, 2014

GM secured more than two dozen patents for the eight-speed transmission for the Corvette Stingray.

While a number of automakers claim they are leaders in innovation, General Motors and Ford can bask in the glory of knowing they can back those claims with hard data.

GM led all automakers for the 11th consecutive quarter in filing for patents while Ford’s new F-150 has more patents filed than any pickup truck in history.

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GM’s patents cover a number of areas and include patents for fuel cells and technology that reduces energy consumption and phone apps that make life more convenient for motorists, according to the Patent Board and Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. (more…)

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.”

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GM Leads in Clean Energy Patents

But competition is fierce.

by on Apr.18, 2011

Researcher Vikrant Gokhale in the midst of advanced development work.

General Motors has received more clean-energy patents in the past year than any other organization, according to a new study.

New data from the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index of U.S. patents released Friday indicated GM’s 135 patents represent nearly 14% of the total 1,881 received by 700 organizations around the United States, which isn’t too bad for a “clueless, lumbering giant,” as some have dubbed the maker.

“U.S. clean-energy patents were at an all-time high in 2010,” said Victor Cardona, co-chairman of the Cleantech Group, at the Albany, N.Y., law firm of Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, which specializes in intellectual property and publishes the Index.

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“GM has clearly put forth a lot of effort in a range of clean-energy technologies, resulting in its appearance at the top of the list for the first time,” he said.

GM’s patents covered hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cells and solar energy, and focus on improvements to current and future technologies.

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