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Industrial Innovation: Major Auto Manufacturers

The major auto manufacturers have a total of 179,238 granted patents and 411,560 patent applications distributed into 375,242 patent families. Based on the countries of patent applications, the key markets are Japan, South Korea and Germany. The main technology areas are motor vehicles; trailers, vehicles, vehicle fittings, or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for and gearing. The top companies in this industry are TOYOTA, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY and HONDA.

486,616Total Patents

179,238 Grants

411,560 Applications

Auto Manufacturers - Major has a grant to application ratio of 0.436, which is approximately 1 patent granted for every 2.296 patent applications.

Auto Manufacturers Major

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Geographic Breakdown

By showing the geographic breakdown of the patents in this technology field, it is possible to determine the territorial markets in which the technology field is prominent or which markets have opportunities for development.

TOP 3 Countries

  • Japan

    Japan is the top country/region for patent coverage with a total of 249,521 patents.

  • South Korea
    South Korea

    South Korea comes in 2nd with a total of 57,236patents.

  • Germany

    Germany rounds up the top 3 with a total of 56,079 patents.

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PatentManager, GKN Driveline

Key Technologies

Through grouping the patents in the technology field into their various technology areas, it is possible to identify the core technology areas of this field.

Key Technologies

Valuable Patents

The ranking below shows some of the most valuable and important patents in this industry.

Rank Patent Title
1 EP2413465A1 Battery heating circuit
2 EP2292487B1 Control apparatus for hybrid vehicle
3 US8865335 Electrochemical storage cell

Main Companies

This shows the top companies in this industry based on their patent output, providing an approximation of each their innovation rate.

Main Companies

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