General Motors Named Innovation Leader by Patent Board

Huw Evans
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According to the Patent Board, General Motors is recognized as the top innovator among 182 companies, based on results from its quarterly released automotive and industry scorecard.

The board examines intellectual property performance spanning some 17 different industries and picks a leader in each one, based on categories such as the number of patents, influence and impact on the industry, along with science strength and technology.

The announcement comes on the heels of news that GM recently received more patents for clean energy technology last year than any other organization, based on findings from the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. In fact, during the last decade, GM has increased the number of its patent filings six-fold.

According to Alan Taub, GM’s vice president of Research & Development, the increase in the number of patents is due to the fact that, “our engineers are developing advanced technologies that increase fuel efficiency and ensure safety while maintaining the excitement of personal mobility.”

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