Automechanika 2018 begins – THE leading international trade fair for the automotive industry in Germany. Automechanika is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Our patent and law firm will be active at the stand of the Taiwanese TAITRA and will monitor the products and innovations of the competition throughout the fair. To start with, we provide an overview of the number of patent applications related to transport and automobiles.
Patent applications of automobile manufacturers
As in previous years, according to the annual report of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), in 2017 transport from the mechanical engineering sector was again the leader in all fields of technology, with 11,469 applications and an increase of 9.0% over 2016.
The leading patent applicants at the DPMA are major automobile manufacturers and internationally active suppliers.
Cost- and operation-optimised engines are the trend
The transport sector was thus able to hold its own at the top of the technology fields. 11,469 out of a total of 67,707 patent applications with a claim for protection in Germany represent an increase of nine percent compared to 2016. Not only combustion engines, but also electric motors lead to numerous patent applications in Germany. For these two areas, fewer patents are applied for from abroad, but more patents from Germany.
The trend is towards the development of cost- and operation-optimized engines. In the area of combustion engines, for example, there is a focus on exhaust aftertreatment using SCR technology. For patents in the area of electric motors, the space-saving arrangement of the electric motors and energy management play an important role, for example double-layer capacitors (supercapacitors).
Our law firm supports TAITRA at Automechanika 2018
In view of the numerous new inventions and patent-protected products, counterfeiting and patent infringements also occur repeatedly at Automechanika. We are all the more pleased that Automechanika 2018 will be able to act for the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (“TAITRA” for short). Our patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law will advise TAITRA and its partners and actively intervene immediately in the event of intellectual property infringement. The attorneys of the patent and law firm Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer & Partners LLP have many years of experience in the field of patent and industrial property rights and are authorized to represent clients before any court in Germany.
Automechanika is the flagship exhibition and most important trade fair for innovations in the automotive market along the entire aftermarket value chain. As an international meeting place for all market participants from industry, trade, commerce, maintenance and repair, it offers an important platform for the economic and technological transfer of knowledge. The fair takes place every two years, alternating with the IAA. This year it will take place from 11 to 15 September 2018 in Frankfurt/Main. This year Automechanika 2018 will even be celebrating an anniversary: in 2018 it will be taking place for the 25th time.
Automechanika 2018 celebrates 25th anniversary
To mark the anniversary, Automechanika in Frankfurt will be expanded to include new themes such as classic cars, and the topic of tyres will for the first time be given its own presentation area as a co-located show (in the new exhibition hall 12). Tyre dealers are increasingly offering car service, while car dealers are increasingly offering tyres directly for sale.
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