Automotive | Intellectual Property Research Services

Capability Overview

Aranca has executed several hundred research assignments in the automobile sector for global OEMs, design firms, law firms and component manufacturers spanning various technologies relating to hybrid vehicles, engines, transmission systems, exhaust systems, HVAC, safety, electronic control systems and infotainment.

With nearly 950,000 patent filings over the last decade, the global automotive industry continues to witness intense R&D activity – and whether it is for design or utility patents, Aranca helps intellectual property managers in this sector to explore and identify white spaces in a technology domain, define research strategies, protect inventions, map competitor’s patents and evaluate out-licensing opportunities.

Aranca: Patent Research Experience in Automotive Sector

Drive Technology
  • Combustion Engine
  • Hybrid Drives
  • Electric Drives
  • Battery Operated
  • Fuel Cell Drives
Power Transmission
  • Gears
  • Steering Systems
  • Clutches
  • Axles
Electrical/ Electronic Control
  • Ignition Systems
  • Valve
  • Engine management systems
  • HVAC
  • Navigation
  • Telematics
Safety & Comfort Systems
  • HVAC
  • Driver Assistance
  • Braking/ABS
  • Airbags/Seat Belts
  • Pre-Post Crash Notification
Emission Control
  • EGR
  • Air Injection
  • Catalytic Converter
  • Combustion Chamber Design
Ergonomic & Aesthetics
  • Seat
  • Door
  • Chassis
  • Instrument Panel
  • Lighting

Assignment Examples

Prior Art Search

  • Novelty search related to locking mechanism for glove-boxes for a leading automotive part manufacturer in Europe
  • State-of-Art search for design of weakening element used in the deployment of airbag for a leading automotive part manufacturer in Europe
  • FTO search for design of engine cylinders for a Europe based engine manufacturer
  • Invalidity search related to gear design for automatic transmission systems for a US law firm

Prosecution Support

  • Regular patent application drafting for an invention related to manufacturing of engine body for a European based engine manufacturer
  • Response to office action for patent application assigned to a European automobile manufacturer and related to in-wheel motors
  • Accelerated examination report preparation for the technology concerning HVAC used in automobiles for a leading law firm in the US

Patent Analytics

  • Technology landscape analysis for ‘fuel pumps’ for a leading automobile manufacturer headquartered in the US
  • Competitor analysis for a client active in exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) techniques

Patent Valuation

  • Valuation of patent portfolio of a European automobile manufacturer active in hybrid vehicles
  • Valuation of a patent related to an ergonomically designed vehicle seat for a leading automotive part manufacturer in Europe

Out-Licensing Support | Technology Transfer Support

  • Royalty rate estimation for in-licensing a patent related to integrated panel of a vehicle for a leading automotive part manufacturer
  • Identifying potential licensees for a technology concerning window seal system for a leading automotive part manufacturer
  • Commercialization study for patent application concerning HVAC systems for heavy-duty vehicles assigned to a leading automobile manufacturer headquartered in the US
  • Technology assessment report for catalyst used in vehicle exhaust system for a leading chemical company based in Canada
  • Technology assessment report for pads used in disc brakes for a US university

Case Studies

Project:
Invalidity search relating to gear design for automatic transmission systems

Client:
A US law firm engaged Aranca to invalidate a patent related to power transmission using gears with multiple ratios, specifically for automatic transmission systems

Project:
Evaluation of commercialization opportunities for brake pads with new material composition

Client:
A US university engaged Aranca to evaluate commercialization opportunities for brake pads with new material composition (for use in disc brakes)