The aim of the article is to present a trend in patent filings for application of nanotechnology to the automobile
sector across the world, using the keyword-based patent search. Overviews of the patents related to nano technology
in the automobile industry have been provided. The current work has started from the worldwide patent search to
find the patents on nanotechnology in the automobile industry and classify the patents according to the various parts of an
automobile to which they are related and the solutions which they are providing. In the next step various graphs have been
produced to get an insight into various trends. In next step, analysis of patents in various classifications, have been performed.
The trends shown in graphs provide the quantitative analysis whereas; the qualitative analysis has been done in
another section. The classifications of patents based on the solution they provide have been performed by reading the
claims, titles, abstract and full texts separately. Patentability of nano technology inventions have been discussed in a view
to give an idea of requirements and statutory bars to the patentability of nanotechnology inventions. Another objective of
the current work is to suggest appropriate framework for the companies regarding use of nano technology in the automobile
industry and a suggestive strategy for patenting of the inventions related to the same. For example, US Patent, with
patent number US2008-019426A1 discusses the invention related to Lubricant composition. This patent has been studied
and classified to fall under classification of automobile parts. After studying this patent, it is deduced that, the problem of
friction in engine is being solved by this patent. One classification is the “automobile part” based while other is the basis
of “problem being solved”. Hence, two classifications, namely reduction in friction and engine were created. Similarly,
after studying all the patents, a similar matrix has been created.
Keywords: Auto motive, auto mobile, motor cycle, motor vehicle, nano particles, nano technology, nano materials, nano scale.
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