GM, No. 1 Innovator in The Patent Board's List

No less than 182 companies battled this year for the privilege of being named the number one innovator in the automotive industry; however, the one that did take home the prize, at least this quarter, is GM.

The American automaker received the honor from The Patent Board, who compiled the intellectual property performance and decided that GM is the most active player. In the previous scorecard, published in January, GM also ranked first in the automotive/transportation sector.

“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.”

Even if in the past two years GM has somewhat fallen in disgrace because of the way in which the public perceived its 2009 bankruptcy, the car maker still remains one of the researchers that count the most on the market.

The biggest of the Detroit Three owns countless engineering centers and R&D labs around the world, working for all of its divisions. Thanks to the rate at which the car maker invents new things, the patent fillings increased in the past ten years six fold. GM is at the same time the organization that holds the most clean-energy patents in the US.

OnStar alone, the infotainment division of the manufacturer, reported last August that it had received 192 patents; in its 15 years existence, the company was responsible for no less than 767 patent applications, an average of 60 to 70 applications each year.
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