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Automotive & Transport

In the race to create new vehicles, protect your brands and inventions

IP in the automotive & transport sector

Britain has a diverse and productive automotive sector and is recognised as a centre of excellence for engine development and production. The industry is a vital part of the UK economy, worth more than £82 billion in turnover. Last year more than 30 manufacturers, supported by 2,500 component providers, produced over 1.3 million cars and 2.5 million engines in the UK.

Within the industry there is constant pressure to innovate as consumers demands and technological developments create new challenges and opportunities. This is reflected in R&D spending which has increased year on year amongst the world’s top 20 car manufacturers and topped £70 billion in 2019. With such significant investment, intellectual property is crucial to protect commercially valuable innovations.

Our expertise

Our patent and trade mark attorneys 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 patent 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 intellectual property where development work is conducted by suppliers and how to obtain commercially useful geographical protection whilst controlling costs.

For more information about how we can help you, please get in touch to speak to a member of our automotive & transport team.

Our automotive & transport team

Wilson Gunn