Posts in Automotive


Flying Cars, Drone Taxis and Other Futuristic Personal Transportation

While many of us long for the days to come in which our sedans or SUVs can suddenly sprout wings, taking us far away from congestive traffic …
By Steve Brachmann
16 days ago 3

Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Transportation of Tomorrow Including Unmanned Shipping and Hyperloop Tech

One difficulty holding back the further implementation of hyperloop infrastructure is the fact that the new mode of transportation doesn’t fit neatly into existing regulatory framework. …
By Steve Brachmann
19 days ago 0

ITC Institutes 337 Complaint Accusing Toyota Vehicles of Infringing Infotainment Chip Patents

On Thursday, June 7th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it was instituting a Section 337 patent infringement investigation of automobile infotainment systems being imported …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Nikola Accuses Tesla of Design Patent Infringement on Aerodynamic Truck Cabin Features

On April 30th, alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer Nikola Corporation filed a complaint alleging claims of design patent infringement against electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. Filed in the …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 2

Ford Developing Autonomous Systems for Police Cars, Other Emergency Vehicles

A statement published on the official website of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) indicates that the company expects to have a fully autonomous car in commercial operation …
By Benjamin Joe
6 months ago 0

When Will Wall Street Wake Up to Elon Musk’s Broken Promises?

Reports about Musk’s talks with Cortica comes one day after Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino affirmed his sell rating for Tesla stock on his expectation that …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 2

Patent Filings Increase for E-Cigarettes, 3-D Printing and Machine Learning

One interesting aspect of IFI CLAIMS’ most recent annual patent analysis is a list of eight areas of technology that have seen the fastest growing increases in …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 1

Protecting Automotive and Mobility Innovation in 2018

As autonomous vehicle and mobility technology continues to make headlines, federal legislation is making its way through Congress with the goal of removing government hurdles for the …
By Salvador Bezos
7 months ago 0

Tesla continues to rack up patents despite Elon Musk’s supposed distaste for patents

For someone who avoids patents "whenever possible," Musk and his companies sure do seek patents on a lot of innovations. So why can't he just be honest …

Evo of Tech: Harold Froehlich invents Alvin deep sea submersible while working at General Mills labs

Interestingly enough, the world of deep sea exploration actually owes a great deal of gratitude to a major American cereal company for providing a major advance in …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Patents: A Survey

Given the broad range of countries deploying UAVs and the large number of applications for UAVs, we took a look at patent data from the last 20 years (1997 …
By Peter Glaser
1 year ago 1

Autonomous vehicle development keeps creeping forward to a self-driving future

Autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles are coming, even if it’s going to take some time for the technology to become fully operational on U.S. highways. When …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

Waymo drops three of four patent claims in its case against Uber

In a joint stipulation and order entered three claims of patent infringement were dropped in the intellectual property case being fought between San Francisco, CA-based transportation company …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 132

Waymo v. Uber: a Gordian Knot Gets Tighter

In the annals of U.S. innovators, there are many infamous disputes between technology companies from Shockley and Fairchild in semiconductors to Microsoft and Apple in operating …
By Derek Handova
1 year ago 2

BMW, Volvo, Juniper Networks among first to cite TC Heartland in motions to dismiss

On Tuesday, May 30th, online legal news outlet Law360 reported that a trio of major automakers filed a motion asking a federal judge in the U.S. …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

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