In a series of blogs, our autonomous and electric vehicle team will explore some of the key technologies that will be crucial to the successful development of commercial autonomous vehicles, starting with LIDAR.
Insights: Consumer Products & Manufacturing
We previously reported on how technology which aims to end plastic pollution could be protected with patents and how a genetically modified enzyme capable of breaking down plastic is the subject of a patent application. While technology to improve how our plastic waste is managed is clearly important it only represents part of the story. What if we didn’t need to use the plastic in the first place? All over the world, innovators are working to end our penchant for polymers.
Toyota are offering royalty-free licenses for almost 24,000 patents (and patent applications) related to various aspects of battery, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicle technology.
This is a tale of the Old World of Internal Combustion Engines versus the New of Electrified Powertrains, and of the Giant automotive OEMs versus the Minnows that are automotive start-ups – but mainly statistics showing patent filing trends in the automotive powertrain sector
Patent filings relating to self-driving cars are currently under the microscope and the European Patent Office (EPO) has recently produced its own study, prepared in association with EUCAR (the European Council for Automotive R&D). The study follows a significant amount of recent outreach and discussion from the EPO about the patentability of technologies key to making self-driving cars a reality, most notably AI and machine learning.
The Dearman Engine, pollution-free power, and the patents that protect it.
Google (Waymo) has beaten Toyota to first position in a ranking of patent portfolios relating to self-driving cars.
It’s not only looks and visuals that make packaging a powerful commercial asset; packaging serves multiple technical purposes, from protecting and preserving the packaged products to facilitating their storage and transportation.