Patent Board: GM Remains Top Innovator for Four Straight Quarters
General Motors remains the No. 1 innovator for the fourth-consecutive quarter among 183 companies in the Patent Board’s quarterly automotive and transportation industry scorecard.
GM engineers are reinventing the automobile, developing advanced technologies that lead to improved fuel economy, less emissions and a reduced dependence on petroleum.
“We are in the midst of redefining the automotive DNA, and these efforts are driving our people to reinvent every subsystem on the vehicle,” said Alan Taub, GM vice president of Global Research and Development. “Being the recognized leader in innovation is important, because it tells our customers and shareholders that we are working on the leading edge of technology.”
GM was granted 1,123 U.S. patents in 2011 applied to global product engineering, global powertrain engineering, global research and development, and OnStar organizations.
The Patent Board tracks and analyzes innovation and patents across 17 industries on a global basis.