Straight Talks: New players, new rules - IP disruption in the automobile industry

Not long ago, an automotive “innovation” meant a new way of engineering a powertrain or emissions system, which would then be patented by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or supplier. A “gentlemen’s agreement” allowed competitors to maintain similar portfolios, routinely infringe on patents, and sustain relationships that were mostly devoid of litigation.

But autonomous and connected vehicles have changed all that. Advanced technology has introduced new competitors into the market that are not bound by old rules.

In this podcast, Celine Crowson and Dr. Martin Fähndrich, partners at Hogan Lovells, discuss the unprecedented disruptions under way in the automotive industry, and why OEMs want policymakers to let autonomous vehicle technologies influence future regulations — not the other way around.

Podcast hosted here.


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