Self-driving cars: Putting IP in the driving seat


Self-driving cars: Putting IP in the driving seat


A place where hardware and software combine, the self-driving car industry is exciting and complex, not least from an IP perspective, as WIPR finds out.

In March, a self-driving vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona during one of Uber’s tests. During the same month, the person behind the wheel of a Tesla electric car died when the vehicle crashed while travelling in autopilot mode.

The potential health and safety concerns take centre stage in the day-to-day public discussions around the future of driving, and they certainly shouldn’t be overlooked, but for those developing the technologies to make autonomous driving possible, the ability to protect the high-tech innovations is also of great importance.

Driving a revolution

Self-driving cars, Uber, EPO, patent applications, artificial intelligence, internet of things, patent protection, SEP, innovation, cross-licensing, IP law