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World Electric Vehicle Journal is published by MDPI from Volume 9 issue 1 (2018). Articles in this Issue were published by The World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA) and its member the European Association for e-Mobility (AVERE), the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), and the Electric Vehicle Association of Asia Pacific (EVAAP). They are hosted by MDPI on as a courtesy and upon agreement with AVERE.
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Patents and progress; intellectual property showing the future of electric vehicles

European Patent Office, Rijswijk, Netherlands
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2016, 8(3), 635-645;
Published: 30 September 2016
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This paper uses patenting activity to shed light on worldwide innovation trends in the electric vehicle industry. Using the patent publication collection of the European Patent Office (EPO), the authors present an analysis of worldwide patenting activity covering technologies in and around electric vehicles. They confirm that Europe is an important market for electric vehicle technologies and present options for gaining high-quality patent protection in the region.
Keywords: market; incentive; EV; HEV; PHEV market; incentive; EV; HEV; PHEV
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

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Schmitt, G.; Scott, J.; Davis, A.; Utz, T. Patents and progress; intellectual property showing the future of electric vehicles. World Electr. Veh. J. 2016, 8, 635-645.

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