Patent Board names General Motors automotive innovation leader

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The U.S. Patent Board has given General Motors the No. 1 innovator rank out of 182 companies in its quarterly automotive and transportation industry scorecard. The Patent Board analyzes analyzes intellectual property performance across 17 industries and determines the leader in each sector based on measurements that include the number of patents, impact on the industry, and technology and science strength.

“We focus on inventions that make our vehicles more sustainable,” said Alan Taub, GM’s vice president of R&D. “Our engineers are developing advanced technologies that increase fuel efficiency and ensure safety while maintaining the excitement of personal mobility.”

GM recently received more clean-energy patents last year than any other organization, according to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index of U.S. patents. The Detroit automaker received 940 U.S. patents in 2010, which placed it in the top 25 of all companies.

– By: Omar Rana