IP protection for the automotive industry

The trends of electrification, sustainability, autonomy and connectivity are pushing the automotive industry through a period of unprecedented change and significant innovation. Led by both traditional manufacturers and suppliers as well as new market disruptors, new technologies are constantly emerging relating to every aspect of a vehicle. This ranges from battery packs and electrified drivetrains to advanced materials and light-weighting techniques, software and cybersecurity systems. We’re also seeing a wave of collaboration as knowledge and resources are pooled, and innovators like Tesla open their patent portfolios with royalty-free licences. All of this means that intellectual property is back at the forefront of the automotive industry, enabling companies to develop the future of transport.

How we can help with IP protection strategies

Our automotive IP attorneys have considerable experience at the cutting-edge of the industry. We partner with you to build patent portfolios that protect and exploit your investment in R&D, and assist you with the legal and technical challenges that the significant level of automotive innovation currently presents.

Our IP attorneys help you identify and avoid competitor’s patents and equip you to navigate complex IP agreements. We also understand the importance of automotive design and how to best protect the shape and configuration of your innovative new products.

Whether you’re improving the thermal management of a battery pack, designing the shape of a new driverless car or entering into a collaboration agreement to develop an entire new vehicle, our IP attorneys can provide the commercially-minded advice and assistance you need to move forward securely in today’s complex patent landscape.

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Case studies

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BGF Investment Management Limited

Patent portfolio analysis helps secure £10m funding for next-gen battery tech developer

We undertook a due diligence assessment for a leading investment company to analyse the patent portfolio of a next-gen battery tech manufacturer.

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Pinweld Ltd

Reduce, reuse, weld — driving environmental change in the automotive industry and beyond

Welding technology company Pinweld’s global patent portfolio enables its innovative technology to be used in any possible plastic welding application.

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Secure Micro

Navigating computer-implemented invention patents

Our automotive and software knowledge, and experience in computer-implemented inventions, enabled us to secure patents for an innovative start-up.

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