PSA Peugeot Citroën 5th Year as France’s Leading Patent Filer image

PSA Peugeot Citroën has published 1,237 patent applications in 2011, keeping its place as France’s Leading Patent Filer for the 5th year in a row.

Today, March 28ht, France’s National Intellectual Property Institute (INPI) released the ranking which confirmed the fact that PSA Peugeot Citroën is still France’s number one patent filer. The patents were filled between July 2009 and June 2010 and reflect a dynamic innovation strategy, which help Peugeot and Citroën models move upmarket. By theses patents the company hopes to develop increasingly environmentally gentle and safer vehicles, with the help of clean technologies and onboard electronics and connectivity.

The company focuses on emissions control, a good example being the three-cylinder petrol EB engine launched on the Peugeot 208, which is covered by 52 patents pending, of which 17 filed during the development of the cylinder head. The engine was designed so as to reduce engine bulk, making the Peugeot 208’s lighter and to hold carbon emissions to just 99g/km for the 1.0-litre version.

Safety was not neglected, major strategic innovation programs focusing on safer vehicles: the AFIL lane departure warning system, intelligent traction control which offers powerful driver support when the weather turns bad, and also an innovation found on the Citroën DS5 that automatically switches between high and low beams depending on the surrounding traffic.

“Maintaining this level of patent activity in the midst of a recession attests to our commitment to preserving a dynamic industrial property policy. We are particularly committed to strengthening our patent policy on a highly selective basis, in order to enhance the impact of the Group intellectual property title portfolio and consolidate the protection of its strategic technologies,” said Marc Duval-Destin, Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering.