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As government mandates like Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets make electric cars more attractive to manufacturers looking to meet these standards, it is worth asking how consumers are responding to these vehicles as they gain traction in the marketplace. A recent study commissioned by the UK Department of Transport, incorporating research from previous studies in the UK, the United States, and elsewhere, paints a picture of electric vehicles gaining a loyal following, with the vast…
The research environment in the automotive industry changed recently with the official opening of Mcity, which is believed to be the first facility especially designed for testing connected and automated vehicles. Mcity was developed by the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation.…
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced it has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot program (AFCP 2.0) and the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement program (QPIDS), which are now set to run until September 30, 2015. For automotive, manufacturing, and other companies, the AFCP 2.0 and QPIDS programs can help reduce patent-related expenses and shorten the patent process by addressing different late-stage patent prosecution issues.…
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced that the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) has been extended to December 14, 2013. The AFCP 2.0 was previously scheduled to expire on September 30, 2013. This is good news because, in some circumstances, the AFCP 2.0 program may benefit automotive companies and other next generation manufacturing patent applicants by reducing the time and expense of obtaining an issued patent. For utility applications, when…