In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace. Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods, and trunks, providing them with additional leverage over suppliers and aftermarket competitors for the entire 15 year life of a design patent.
It’s unpleasant, but it’s important to be prepared for and face head on. Employment termination happens in every industry, the auto industry is no exception.
Even as the Trump administration is calling into question whether it will remain committed to Obama-era fuel economy and emissions targets, state governments are stepping up to enforce those same targets.
One year ago, we posted about the National Association of City Officials’s (NACTO) policy recommendations for autonomous vehicles. NACTO focused on the projected infrastructure requirements for autonomous vehicles. Now, the National League of Cities (NLC) is weighing in that cities need to speed up their efforts of preparing for autonomous cars.
We live in a world of “leaking” information and the automotive industry is not immune. Automotive companies go to great lengths to protect their confidential information (including innovations). But do they have the legal means to prevent disclosure of information by employees?