IP Advice For Automotive & Transport Industry

Britain has a diverse and productive automotive sector, and is recognised as a centre of excellence for engine development and production.  More than 40 companies manufacture vehicles in the UK – ranging from global brands to specialist niche players.  There is a dynamic supply chain including many of the world’s major component manufacturers, technology providers, and design and engineering consultancies.

Members of our Engineering and Electronics/Software teams have significant experience in working with the automotive and transport sectors. We act for a number of global vehicle brands as well as component and specialist suppliers to the mainstream automotive and motor sport sectors. We also act for commercial vehicle builders, and suppliers and consultants to the railway industry.

Automotive technology encompasses a wide range of diverse technical fields. Our work with the industry reflects this. It has involved mechanical, electrical and materials technologies and we have advised on and sought protection for technology ranging from complex engine controls to cup holders. We have also advised on design protection for vehicle exteriors and interiors.

Our experience gives us a ready insight into how the sector operates and key issues that the businesses in this sector face, such as the ownership of IP where development work is conducted by suppliers and how to obtain commercially useful geographical protection whilst controlling costs.

To find out how we can employ our experience to help your business and make the most from your intellectual property please click here and contact our team today.  

Our sector specialists include James Robey and Simon Church.


Wilson Gunn have provided us with commercially-minded advice on a number of critical matters, including patent infringement and freedom-to-operate issues. They understand our technology, act quickly under time pressure and are always approachable.

UK Commercial Vehicle Manufacturer

Make an enquiry


© 2019 Wilson Gunn