How many patent applications does Audi file per year?
In 2019, there were more than 1,200 patent applications filed, in other words, more than three on each day of the year. The subject matter and focus of patents change in line with shifts in social awareness. In earlier years, the main emphasis was put on ideas and inventions from the areas of chassis, conventional engine technology and transmission. At the moment, digitalization and electric mobility are at the top of the list. In total, the company currently holds some 13,000 patent families worldwide, which equates to about 23,000 individual patents and patent applications. For the complex procedures involved, Audi employs specialized patent attorneys. “We protect the ideas and inventions of our engineers and thus our ‘Vorsprung durch Technik,’” says Jama Askaryar, the patent attorney responsible for electric and hybrid drives.