Our latest intellectual property related briefing in the HSF “Views on an evolving automotive industry” series, concentrates on the Importance of a clear IP strategy for automotive sector businesses.

The emergence of new automotive technologies including in respect of connectivity and autonomy and the ‘electric revolution’ is undoubtedly a key factor in driving investment, disruption and R&D in the industry. Such technology now touches on all aspects of automotive development; from new in-car sensors, cameras and inter-connected devices to new propulsion or fuel systems. With this technology comes intellectual property (“IP”) rights of material value, protection of which is likely to be critical for any industry participant’s commercial strategy, collaborations, freedom to operate (including the launch of vehicles embodying new technologies) and R&D investment returns.

Following on from our previous edition in the series, Views on an evolving automotive industry – standards and essential patents in which we looked at evolving technology standards in the industry and the patents and FRAND licensing issues involved, our new briefing considers the necessary elements of a successful IP strategy and the heightened importance of such a strategy in the context of an industry where new systems and technologies are taking centre stage.

Authors and key contacts

Jonathan Turnbull
Jonathan Turnbull
Partner, London
+44 20 7466 2174

Rachel Montagnon
Rachel Montagnon
Professional Support Consultant
+44 20 7466 2217

Jessica Welborn
Jessica Welborn
Senior associate, London
+44 20 7466 2243
Laura Adde
Laura Adde
Associate - London
+44 20 7466 7491