Apple has almost 250 car patents but no Apple Car


Everyone has known that Apple has been working quietly with the intention of making a major push into the automotive industry with the release of an Apple Car, but I don’t remember anyone ever counting the number of patents to show just how many the company holds in the space.

According to research conducted by Nikkei and an analytics firm called Intellectual Property Landscape, Apple has applied for and published 248 patents related to the automotive industry. 

The research indicated that 2017 was a peak year in terms of the number of patents applied for and approved, but that record may be broken. Akira Yamauchi, CEO of Intellectual Property Landscape, said that “if applications to be published in the future are included, the total for 2021 may be on par with the record set in 2017.”

Apple Car Concept

Apple Car Concept (Image credit: Vanarama)

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