Aranca has executed several hundred IP 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.

The global automotive industry continues to witness intense R&D activity, whether it is for design or utility patents.  Aranca can help 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.  

Track Record

500+ Automotive Projects completed


Projects completed.

150+ Automotive technologies covered


Automotive technologies covered by our consultants.

30+ Automotive Industry Clients


Clients including OEMs and Tier 1/2 suppliers.

200,000+ Man hours of Automotive technology Intelligence research experience


Man hours of research experience.

Domain Expertise

Significant breadth and depth of experience across the Automotive domain.

Power Train Systems

  • Common Rail Fuel Systems
  • Hybrid/Electric Drives
  • Fuel Injection Systems
  • Camshaft/Crankshaft
  • Throttle Control

On-board Electronics

  • Instrument Clusters
  • HVAC Systems
  • Infotainment
  • Engine Management Systems
  • Telemetry Systems

Safety Systems

  • Anti-collision Systems
  • Anti-lock Braking Systems
  • Traction Control Systems
  • Airbags
  • Pre-Post Crash Notification Systems

Vehicle Dynamics/Ergonomics

  • Active/Semi-active Suspensions
  • Manual/Power Steering Systems
  • Weight Reduction Technologies
  • Body Design
  • Vehicle Interiors

Emission Control Systems

  • Exhaust Gas Recirculation Systems
  • Air Injection Systems
  • Positive Crankcase Ventilation Systems
  • Evaporative Emission Systems
  • Catalytic Converters

Power Transmission Systems

  • Manual/Automatic Change Gearboxes
  • Torque Converters
  • Centrifugal/ Cone Clutches
  • Fluid Couplings
  • Differential Systems / LSD

Examples of Our Work in the Automotive Domain

Technology Intelligence

R&D Strategy Roadmaps

  • Future applications of E-pumps in different automotive components
  • Technology roadmap for automotive tire-pressure monitoring systems
  • Technology assessment of alternative materials for wheel rims

White Space Analysis

  • Identification of unmet needs pertaining to existing catalysts used in exhaust systems
  • White space analysis for steering knuckles used in automotive suspension systems
  • Problem-solution matrix for technologies pertaining to driver assistance systems

Technology Landscape | Innovation Focus

  • Research trend analysis related to seat recliners used in automotive seats
  • Landscape of technologies pertaining to shift-by-wire systems
  • Technology identification for direct oil gear box heating systems

Monetizing Existing Technical Know-how

  • Valuation of a portfolio related to design of tires used in high speed cars
  • Royalty rate estimation for licensing a patent on integrated panel of a vehicle
  • Potential partner identification for shape memory alloy used in different auto-parts

Technology Scouting and Acquisition

  • Scouting for weight reduction technologies for different auto-components
  • Solutions for problems with traditional foaming processes used for automotive interiors
  • Feasibility analysis of using low-metallic ceramic brake pads used in braking systems

Product Design for Emerging Technologies/Markets

  • Use of emerging automotive active safety systems in the existing products
  • Scouting for low-cost carbon-fiber production technologies used in different auto-parts
  • Technology assessment pertaining to automotive start-stop systems

IP Strategy

Prosecution Support

  • Novelty search for an alloy composition used in oscillating components of a car
  • Patentability study for a soft push latch used in glove boxes of an automotive
  • Patent drafting for technology pertaining to capless refueling systems

Prior Art Searches

  • Clearance search for a type of arrangement of cylinders within an in-line engine
  • State of art search for design of weakening element used in deployment of air bags
  • Invalidity search related to gear design for automatic transmission systems

Portfolio Analysis

  • Quality assessment of a portfolio on roller bearings used in power transmission
  • Identification of key patents for licensing from a portfolio related to shift-by-wire systems
  • Patent portfolio analysis of companies dealing with a specific type of automotive glass

Technology/ Patent Landscape

  • Patent landscape to identify various gesture recognition technologies in the automotives
  • Competitive landscape for sliding bearings used in automotive engines
  • Benchmarking of patent portfolio related to connecting rods

Licensing Program Support

  • Partner identification for technology related to semi-automatic chassis stabilizer systems
  • Royalty rate estimation for in-licensing a patent related to integrated panel of a vehicle
  • Out licensing support for portfolio related to the HVAC systems delinked from the engine

M&A Support

  • Valuation of patent portfolio related to automotive HVAC systems for M&A purpose
  • Due-diligence of IP portfolio related to drive systems for purpose of M&A
  • Potential partner identification for a shape memory alloy used in different auto-parts

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