The Next Big Patent War? It Likely Won't Be In Detroit
By Matthew Bultman (February 7, 2019, 7:30 PM EST) -- Automakers are stockpiling patents amid an industry transformation, building up portfolios on technologies for self-driving and connected cars, but attorneys say the companies — perhaps with lessons from the smartphone wars in mind — aren't likely to begin unleashing them upon one another.
The number of patents that have been awarded to car makers such as Ford Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. has risen sharply over the past five years, as the race to develop smart, connected and autonomous vehicles continues to heat up.
Old-school car companies have largely avoided patent battles in the past, long finding ways to co-exist....
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