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Ford Opens Portfolio of Patented Technologies to Competitors to Accelerate Industry-Wide Electrified Vehicle Development
DEARBORN, Mich., May 28, 2015 -
Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents - a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles.
"Innovation is our goal," said Kevin Layden, director, Ford Electrification Programs. "The way to provide the best technology is through constant development and progress. By sharing our research with other companies, we will accelerate the growth of electrified vehicle technology and deliver even better products to customers."
To access Ford's patents and published patent applications, interested parties can contact the company's technology commercialization and licensing office, or work through AutoHarvest - an automaker collaborative innovation and licensing marketplace. AutoHarvest allows members to showcase capabilities and technologies, then privately connect with fellow inventors to explore technology and business development opportunities of mutual interest. The patents would be available for a fee.
"Ford helped launch AutoHarvest as a founding member to enable efficient and transparent technology licensing across the automotive industry and beyond," said Bill Coughlin, president and CEO, Ford Global Technologies, which manages intellectual property for Ford.
China's WTOIP & Detroit's AutoHarvest Team to Accelerate Technology Commercialization with Chinese Companies
Detroit, MI | Guangzhou, China - March 19, 2015 -
Two major intellectual property ecosystems have joined forces to accelerate the adoption of innovation between Chinese and Western organizations and inventors. The emergence of China as the world's top patenting country is another strong indicator that tomorrow's successful companies will have a China strategy and Chinese partners. Efficiently bridging the vast distance in geography and culture has been achieved by many multinationals that have established R&D centers, sales and manufacturing operations in China. Broadening the Chinese opportunity landscape to include entrepreneurs, SMEs and research institutes is a primary goal for AutoHarvest Foundation and WTOIP. A new bridge-facilitating the flow of innovation is being built stretching from China to Motown and beyond for intellectual property and talent in transportation and advanced manufacturing. Four of the top recipients in 2014 of Chinese patents were car manufacturers.
"WTOIP was created to unify Chinese intellectual property developers and product innovators through an on and off line network offering a deep pool of partners, patents, branding and global markets," said Boon Xie, CEO of WTOIP, "We have abundant IP resources which are over 600 thousand patents and 500 thousand trademarks for sale. We will align well with the AutoHarvest Innovation Ecosystem to bring good opportunities to both members and enterprises through utilizing intellectual property."
AutoHarvest Recognized in Recent Intellectual Asset Management Article
Detroit, MI - April 2014 -
In this in-depth article, IAM presents AutoHarvest.org as a model of the open innovation and collaboration that is helping the US auto industry return to prominence and success. As much of the intellectual property needed to build the 'vehicle of tomorrow' is located outside the automotive industry, cooperation between automakers and across sectors is essential for progress.
Autotech Council and AutoHarvest Partner to Accelerate Transfer of Tech Innovations to the Auto Industry
San Jose, CA | Detroit, MI - June 26, 2014 -
The Autotech Council announced today that it is joining the AutoHarvest Foundation as a strategic partner.
Based in San Jose, the Council is a group of technology innovators whose members represent many of the nation's leading suppliers and automakers, and seeks to speed the introduction of tech innovations into the auto industry.
By working together, the Autotech Council and the AutoHarvest Foundation will facilitate the flow of innovation from Silicon Valley to America's automotive centers.
Over 100 Council-affiliated companies will be offered AutoHarvest membership and integration assistance, enabling them to display their technology needs and solutions to a global market.
AutoHarvest Co-founder and President, Jayson Pankin, Named One of the World's Leading Intellectual Property Strategists
DETROIT, MI - June 16, 2014 -
AutoHarvest Foundation co-founder and president, Jayson Pankin
has been ranked one of the World's Leading Intellectual Property Strategists by the
British publication Intellectual Asset Management (IAM).
"Developments over recent years have shown the strategic importance of IP to businesses,
so locating individuals who understand IP value and how to create it
has never been more important," noted IAM editor Joff Wild.
Ford to License Patented Inflatable Safety Belt Technology to Encourage Expanded Adoption
DEARBORN, MI - May 28, 2014 -
Ford Motor Company is offering its patented inflatable
safety belt technology to other companies and industries, including competitive automotive
manufacturers. The availability of licenses may lead to the wider adoption of inflatable safety
belts as other automakers seek to enhance passenger safety. The technology is potentially
applicable to other forms of seated-passenger transportation, including military use, and
airborne passengers traveling by helicopter or airplane, and even for water travel.
Ford also purchased additional inflatable safety belt patents from United Technologies Corp. to
ensure that this technology could be broadly licensed. This effort was made easier with the help
of AutoHarvest Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of
new technologies by providing unprecedented access to innovators and businesses.
"We founded AutoHarvest with the hopes this type of technology sharing could be realized for
the betterment of society," said David E. Cole, co-founder and board chairman for AutoHarvest.
"We are glad to be able to play a role in spreading this safety technology more broadly."
CEA LIST Institute, dedicated to smart digital systems, joins AutoHarvest® Marketplace
French research organization, CEA LIST institute, has signed a membership agreement with the AutoHarvest e-collaboration marketplace to post licensable technologies in the areas of:
Robotics & Advanced manufacturing
Augmented & virtual reality
Intelligent/ubiquitous sensor networks
Data mining and analytics
Digital & interactive tools for products and processes design
CEA LIST institute supports its industrial partners' competitiveness through innovation and technological transfer. To date, it has formed innovation partnerships with more than 100 companies, mainly in Europe. CEA LIST is expanding its footprint in the U.S. and will use the AutoHarvest's online platform to match technology needs with innovative solutions developed by its network of R&D teams and innovative spinoffs.
"CEA LIST institute, Autosar Premium Member, has been providing companies with a very large panel of compliant technologies for 4 years. We hope that through AutoHarvest, we'll be able to enlarge and accelerate this action for smarter manufacturing processes" says Karine GOSSE, CEO of CEA LIST Institute.
Left to right: AutoHarvest CEO, Jayson Pankin and US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Delivers Remarks at Detroit Economic Club
Detroit, MI - January 15th, 2014 -
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker praises resilience of auto industry at North American International Automotive Show in Detroit. Secretary Pritzker calls out US Patent and Trademark Office MOU with AutoHarvest "working with Jayson's team, we will help inventors and auto executives team up to commercialize new ideas".
Omnia Group and AutoHarvest Collaborate to Expand Intellectual Property Marketplace for Advanced Manufacturing
Detroit, MI | Sassuolo, ITALY - November 21st, 2013 -
Global translation expert Omnia Group provides pro bono expertise to bridge language barriers for advanced manufacturing e-collaboration marketplace. The AutoHarvest.org public facing website for intellectual property is now in five languages:
The two organizations expanded access to millions in their native language to the AutoHarvest e-collaboration marketplace for advanced manufacturing intellectual property. Within the AutoHarvest ecosystem, innovators and commercializers have a direct line of sight to intellectual property opportunities to buy/sell/license and collaborate from a multitude of large and small organizations across the full spectrum of advanced manufacturing.
National Supply Chain Network Initiative (NSNI) Launched at the Clinton Global Initiative
National collaboration announced to build a more robust US supply chain and build the nation's manufacturing base
New York City, NY - August 20th, 2013 -
GLOBALFOUNDRIES and five partners today announced their Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, a collaborative effort that has the potential to strengthen the US supply chain and build the manufacturing base. The commitment, which was the outgrowth of discussions during the 2012 CGI America meeting in Chicago, now moves from the developmental to implementation stage.
The NSNI is being lead and facilitated by GLOBALFOUNDRIES and brings together representatives from the University of Michigan, Battelle and others in a collaborative partnership with the AutoHarvest Foundation, CONNECT, the CONNECTORY, the Hudson Valley Technology Development Center (HVTDC) and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) to create a regional pilot in the Hudson Valley of NY ("Tech Valley") that is intended to better connect the supply chain. Key components of the NSNI include helping small and midsized manufacturers get connected to large manufacturers as suppliers, improve access to innovation and to generally help provide direction when it comes to needed assistance through the use of an online network and leveraging the expertise of existing organizations. The overall goal is to create a scalable model, ultimately providing a tool to build a more robust US supply chain and grow the US manufacturing base...
Johnson Controls joins AutoHarvest Foundation's Innovation Advisory Council
Plymouth, MI - July 30, 2013 -
Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, seating components, interiors and electronics, recently joined the Innovation Advisory Council of the AutoHarvest Foundation.
The Foundation is an e-collaboration marketplace for intellectual property focusing on advanced manufacturing.
"Being part of AutoHarvest further demonstrates Johnson Controls' commitment to promoting and developing innovative automotive technologies," said Michael Thomas, senior manager, technology scouting for Johnson Controls Automotive Seating, who will represent the supplier on the council.
AutoHarvest co-founder and chairman, Dr. David E. Cole to be inducted into The Automotive Hall of Fame
Detroit, MI - July 1, 2013 -
The annual Induction & Awards Ceremony, to be hosted by RM Auctions and held at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan on July 25, 2013, will recognize nine trailblazers, pioneers, and leaders for their influence on the automotive industry in four categories: Automotive Hall of Fame Induction, Distinguished Service Citation, Young Leadership & Excellence Award and Industry Leader of the Year.
USPTO and AutoHarvest Collaborate to Accelerate Advanced Manufacturing
Detroit, MI - March 5, 2013 -
The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the AutoHarvest Foundation today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to spur innovation and generate jobs in advanced manufacturing. The two organizations will collaborate on the creation of an online environment for innovators to exchange information, facilitate technical discussions, and encourage the growth of entrepreneurial activities. The USPTO opened its first-ever satellite office in Detroit in July 2012, and the MOU is part of the agency's outreach into the community.
Through the MOU, entrepreneurs and corporate executives will have direct access to a centralized online collection of databases, information resources, software and analytical tools designed to help inventors better understand the process of obtaining, maintaining and commercializing their intellectual property (IP). Through a series of actionable interfaces, innovators will also have the ability to view, directly respond to and potentially enter into business transactions to commercialize their IP or provide their technologies to emerging companies seeking advanced manufacturing solutions.
"This partnership will help advanced manufacturing businesses and individual inventors in Detroit and the surrounding region obtain patent protection and commercialize their inventions," said Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO, Teresa Stanek Rea.
The MOU marks yet another step the USPTO has taken to help grow businesses by establishing partnerships with regional economic development commissions and general public-private partnerships in order to offer a tailored suite of IP support services to local start-ups, incubators, and job accelerators.
"The importance of the Midwest as a global engineering center is reinforced by this alliance," said AutoHarvest chairman, Dr. David E. Cole. "AutoHarvest members will benefit from information and databases sourced and potentially co-developed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that will help inventors better understand the process of obtaining, maintaining and commercializing intellectual property, leading to real economic impact" noted Jayson D. Pankin, AutoHarvest president and CEO."
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Report to the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing
July 11, 2011 -
the AutoHarvest Foundation was privileged to be a key participant, along with Mr. Aneesh Chopra, United States Chief Technology Officer, in a Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Ford Motor Company at the new Innovation Center in Allen Park, Michigan. The event, which was reported on Mr. Chopra's White House blog, was attended by over 100 industry, government and academic research and development professionals, who discussed how to propel the resurgence of advanced manufacturing in Michigan and introduced several new, powerful initiatives in Southeast Michigan.
The Motor City Innovation Exchange is a collaborative effort between Ford Motor Company, TechShop, TechTown, and the AutoHarvest Foundation.
Never before has there been so much emphasis on external innovation from automotive OEMs.
Ford thrust this idea forward last month following the successful Grand Opening of TechShop,
located in a Ford Land building, situated in the same park where Startup Suites are now being leased to entrepreneurs at discounted rates.
AutoHarvest, DHS and TARDEC Sign Technology Innovation Information Collaboration Agreement
Detroit, MI - April 18, 2012 -
The AutoHarvest Foundation announces that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).
AutoHarvest, DHS S&T and TARDEC have identified a framework for partnership to promote the adaptation of automotive-related technological innovation for use at the Federal, State and local levels. This framework provides for more efficient communication of publicly available requirements, capability gaps, technology and information to the private sector.
AutoHarvest's leadership in driving innovation throughout the global automotive industry is being supercharged with its recently awarded New Economy Initiative (NEI) grant. Read more about the NEI's Detroit Regional Innovation Network, the recently launched 10-year program to boost high-tech development and job creation in Southeast Michigan in this front page Crain's Detroit Business article.
AutoHarvest, Marblar Team Up to Gamify Tech Transfer of Advanced Manufacturing Intellectual Property
Detroit - January 28, 2013 -
The AutoHarvest Foundation and Marblar have teamed up to clickstart a revolution in advanced manufacturing. By integrating AutoHarvest's e-collaboration marketplace with Marblar's crowdsourcing platform, the companies will seek to find novel market applications for the IP from AutoHarvest member institutions.
Marblar creates competitions around dormant and emerging technologies and rewards its community when innovative new applications for the technologies are found. AutoHarvest members have the opportunity to create Marblar competitions around specific IP, and obtain priority access to the Marblar platform and its deep and broadly talented community that stretches into the many thousands across 90 countries. AutoHarvest's deep network of government and OEM relationships perfectly complements Marblar's extensive pool of creative minds from various disciplines and backgrounds, explained Dan Perez, CEO of Marblar. We are thrilled to be partnering up with AutoHarvest towards finding additional revenue streams for AutoHarvest's members via new applications for their patent portfolio.
Our partnership with Marblar introduces our peer interest group of government, academic, manufacturing and the automotive supply chain to a whole new audience for innovation ideation and collaboration said Jayson Pankin, president and CEO of AutoHarvest. Companies have found that crowd-creating is an innovative way to uncover new revenue for existing patents, expand technology into new markets as well as gain exposure to current applications. AutoHarvest users can go to the Marblar landing page within AutoHarvest's member system and receive VIP assistance to develop and post challenges on Marblar.