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Moglen's post-Bilski trash-talk

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Moglen's post-Bilski trash-talk
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:56:59 -0000

"The job of patent law was an eighteenth-century job—encouraging people
to immigrate to the U.S., bringing skills with them. This was a big
continent which the white people here thought of as "empty." Patent
law—the way the Continental Congress wanted to make it, the way the
Constitutional Convention saw it—was a way of rewarding inventors. 

In the nineteenth century,  that eighteenth-century system worked well.
America filled up with people who used technology to tame the natural

Right now, we have a patent system that's extensively used only by two
industries: information technology and pharmaceuticals. Anybody else,
the patent system doesn't help them that much. Most of the world's
manufacturers now use trade secret law.  [And] the two industries that
use patent law heavily use it for reasons irrelevant to its formation. "


Yeah, right... to wit:

"Ford Fusion hybrid, the most patented car in history

by Jeremy Korzeniewski (RSS feed) on Jun 3rd 2009 at 7:52PM 

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid - Click above for a high-res image gallery

More technology than ever before is being added to modern automobiles,
and much of this whiz-bang tech has been created to cut down on fuel
consumption and reduce emissions. This being the case, it's not
particularly surprising to hear that the new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
holds the title of The Most Patented Car in History. So says Christine
Wren, director of business development for The Patent Board, a firm that
tracks and analyzes patents across 17 industries globally:

Ford's patented technologies are closer to the cutting edge than its
competitors. Ford's overall patent portfolio plays a significant role in
serving as a foundation for other technology innovation as shown by
receiving 20 percent more citations than the average portfolio in this

Just how many patents are we talking about? Apparently, there are 119
total patents and patent applications for the 2010 Ford Fusion and
Fusion Hybrid alone, including patents related to Ford's proprietary
hybrid technology, SmartGuage with EcoGuide, Blind Spot Information
System and EasyFuel Capless Fuel-Filler System. Want to know more? Make
the jump for the official press release.


First Drive: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

[Source: Ford]


2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: The most patented car in history

· Leading patent analyst ranks Ford above all other automakers for the
quality and significance of its technology patents.

· The 2010 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid – America's most fuel efficient
mid-size sedan – sets new standard for technology innovation with 119
U.S. patents and patent applications

A study by the world's leading patent analyst, The Patent Board™, found
that Ford Motor Company outperformed all other automakers in the quality
and significance of its technology patents.

"Ford's patented technologies are closer to the cutting edge than its
competitors," says Christine Wren, director of business development for
The Patent Board, which tracks and analyzes patents across 17 industries

Technological innovation is a core value at Ford as the company drives
for leadership in quality, safety, fuel efficiency and in-car
connectivity. For example, the 2010 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid, which
is America's most fuel efficient mid-size sedan, have 119 patents, a
record for Ford.

The Patent Board recently issued its Top 10 Innovators in Automotive &
Transportation Patent Scorecard™ for the fourth quarter of 2008, which
ranks Ford above all other automakers in Research Intensity™ and
Industry Impact™. Ford's Research Intensity score, which is more than
twice that of the industry average, indicates the extent to which its
portfolio includes patents with strong scientific support.

Similarly, The Patent Board's Industry Impact score measures the broader
significance and impact of a company's patent portfolio across the
industry. This indicator analyzes how other patents build on Ford's
innovation by looking at patent-to-patent citations.

"Ford's overall patent portfolio plays a significant role in serving as
a foundation for other technology innovation as shown by receiving 20
percent more citations than the average portfolio in this industry,"
Wren says.

For the Fusion Hybrid, for example, teams of research scientists and
engineers developed Ford-exclusive technologies that helped the vehicle
achieve a certified 41 mpg in the city, 8 mpg better than the Toyota
Camry hybrid.

"Ford is using technology to remake our lineup with the green, high-tech
vehicles customers want," says Derrick Kuzak, group vice president,
Global Product Development. "The Fusion Hybrid team set the bar high –
to develop America's most fuel efficient mid-size sedan – and that's
what they delivered."

Patents on the Fusion Hybrid pertain to technologies such as Ford's
new-generation hybrid powertrain and SmartGaugeTM with EcoGuide digital
instrument cluster that helps coach drivers to achieve better fuel

"We focus on getting high-quality patents that have the best
breakthrough potential for the company," says Bill Coughlin, president
and CEO of Ford Global Technologies.

Specific Fusion and Fusion Hybrid patents include:

· Hybrid technology – The Fusion Hybrid's powertrain system combines the
best attributes of the gasoline engine and electric battery-driven
motors to deliver the optimal experience for the customer in terms of
driving performance and fuel economy. The overall system upgrade allows
the hybrid to operate up to 47 mph in pure electric mode, approximately
twice as fast as some competitors. The city driving range on a single
tank of gas is expected to be more than 700 miles.

· SmartGauge with EcoGuide – This unique instrument cluster helps coach
Fusion Hybrid drivers on how to optimize performance of their vehicle
for maximum fuel efficiency. It features two, high-resolution,
full-color liquid crystal display (LCD) screens on either side of the
analog speedometer that can be configured to show different levels of
information, including fuel and battery power levels, average and
instant mpg report.

· Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) with Cross Traffic Alert –
Ford's new Cross Traffic Alert feature will help warn drivers of
impending traffic while backing out by using radars to pick up moving
objects within a 65-foot range from either side of the vehicle. Two
warnings are given: an indicator lights up in the corresponding outside
mirror and an audible alert is sounded. The feature works in conjunction
with Ford's radar-based Blind Spot Information System, utilizing this
system's two multiple beam radar modules, which are packaged in the rear
quarter panels – one per side. The radar identifies when a vehicle
enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on
the corresponding sideview mirror providing a warning that a vehicle is

· EasyFuel™ Capless Fuel-Filler System – This industry-exclusive feature
eliminates the need to touch dirty gas caps and helps to reduce
evaporative emissions that create smog and global warming. When fueling
is completed and the fuel pump nozzle is removed, the system
automatically seals shut.

Patenting is a global activity at Ford, with experts in the United
States, Europe, India and China sharing common processes and reporting
through Ford Global Technologies, LLC, a wholly owned Ford subsidiary
responsible for managing Ford's intellectual property worldwide.

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, Hybrid, Ford

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