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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Meet our team

Christopher Banister

Trade Mark Attorney

Dr Terence Broderick

Patent Attorney

Dr Nick Burton

Partner - Patents

Nicole Cordy

Patent Attorney

Dr Philip Groves

Patent Assistant

Jonathan Higgs

Senior Patent Attorney

Dr Alan Jones

Partner - Patents

Dr Tahsin Ali Kassam

Patent Assistant

Dr Jonathan Morris

Senior Patent Attorney

Dr Martin Neilson

Partner - Patents

Gareth Price

Partner - Trade marks

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