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Ford opens portfolio of electrified patents to competitors

OEM announces the release of its electrified vehicle technology patents – for a fee

 

Ford has made its portfolio of electrified vehicle technology patents available to competitive automakers in a bid to accelerate industry R&D.

In 2014, Ford filed for more than 400 electrified vehicle patents, and the OEM will be releasing the information to other companies. In addition, the company has announced that it will be hiring 200 EV engineers this year – staff that will be located at Ford Engineering Laboratories. The dedicated facility in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, was home to founder Henry Ford’s early facilities.

“Innovation is our goal,” said Kevin Layden, director of Ford Electrification Programs. “The way to provide the best technology is through constant development and progress. By sharing our research with other companies, we will accelerate the growth of electrified vehicle technology and deliver even better products to customers.”

The Ford range includes six hybrid or fully electrified vehicles – Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. In total, Ford has more than 650 electrified vehicle patents and approximately 1,000 pending patent applications on electrified vehicle technologies.

“As an industry, we need to collaborate while we continue to challenge each other,” explains Layden. “By sharing ideas, companies can solve bigger challenges and help improve the industry.”

Companies interested in gaining access to Ford’s patents and published patent applications can contact the company’s technology commercialization and licensing office, or work through AutoHarvest – an automaker collaborative innovation and licensing marketplace.

Ford is only the latest OEM to release patents in order to stimulate alternative-powered vehicle R&D. Earlier this year, Toyota made thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free, while Tesla is famous for making its patents freely available.

June 2, 2015

 

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