Automotive electronics

The use of electronics in vehicles has steadily grown since the 1970s, and is now estimated to represent up-to fifty percent of the cost of many vehicles – and the role of electronics in the automotive world is only set to continue its rapid growth. 

Electronics are responsible for significant improvements in vehicle safety, particularly the introduction of electronic braking, traction control and stability systems. Additionally, driver aids, such as cruise control and steering assist, are gradually increasing in autonomy toward the goal of level 5 autonomous driving, and vehicles are becoming progressively more connected, with V2X systems optimising safety, traffic efficiency and overall efficiency.  

Whilst electronics have always played a part in vehicle propulsion, starting with the humble spark plug, the actual motive torque is increasingly being provided electrically. This is in-line with the deadlines that many countries have set for all vehicles to include electrification in the form of hybrid or electric-only power. As other green power sources, such as hydrogen power, gain acceptance, these are also likely to include sophisticated electronic controls.  

Furthermore, electronics play a fundamental role in vehicle enjoyment and entertainment, from enhanced suspension controls to improved occupant comfort and increasingly sophisticated navigation, communication and entertainment systems. 

HGF’s large electronics team has extensive experience of working closely with clients in the automotive sector, unlocking IP potential for large multinational organisations, SMEs and universities.

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Event - 9th September 2021

Autonomous Vehicles Expo 2021

HGF is sponsoring the Autonomous Vehicles Expo which is being held on 9th September. Autonomous Vehicles Expo will provide key insights from industry experts on how disruptive technological advances will …

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Event - 29th July 2021

HGF and Shiga webinar: Patenting sports and fitness technology in Europe and Japan

HGF in Europe and Shiga in Japan are holding a joint webinar on 29th July 2021. Fitter, faster, stronger – patenting sports and fitness technology in Europe and Japan Sporting …

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IAM Patent 1000 2021

The IAM Patent 1000 – the world’s leading patent professionals 2021 guide has now been published. HGF has 18 European attorneys listed. IAM Patent 1000 is a unique guide that …

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Event - 25th May 2021

IAM webinar: How to capitalise on the 5G healthcare revolution

HGF Partner Dr Susan Keston and Senior Patent Attorney Dr Sofie McPherson will be presenting a webinar ‘How to capitalise on the 5G healthcare revolution’ on 25th May. This session will explore how 5G …

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Event - 26th April 2021

World Intellectual Property Day 2021

World Intellectual Property Day is on 26th April. This year’s theme is IP & SME’s: Taking your ideas to market. World IP day 2021 shines a light on the critical role of …

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Event - 11th May 2021

IAM AI IP Connect 2021

HGF is sponsoring IAM’s virtual event AI IP Connect on 11-12th May 2021. IAM’s virtual AI IP Connect event will explore the latest strategies and insight IP managers can use …

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Patentability of Computer Simulations in Europe (G 01/19)

The long expected decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (G 01/19) has been announced by the EPO. The decision relates to the question whether computer simulations can be patented …

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Event - 9th March 2021

WIPR webinar: Applied AI: Effectively Monetising Innovation

WIPR and HGF are holding a webinar on 9th March. HGF Partner Dr Susan Keston and Patent Director Dr Lauris Kemp will be presenting a webinar on 9th March on ‘Applied AI: Effectively …

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