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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-01-2017, 08:36 PM
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Re: Lincoln STAR: new illumination &...

What Borg was no doubt trying to say (in addition to minimizing any Ford advantages) is that innovation does not truly exist.....until they launch and sell a product with said technology. You be the judge of when innovation has truly happened, at the patent stage or at the dealership. But regardless, many of those innovative Ford patents do make it to production, and Ford is at or near the top pretty regularly. Which is in contrast to someone's assertion that Ford is not innovative. My only point here.


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Re: Lincoln STAR: new illumination &...

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Since I worked with so many patent attorneys and engineers, part of this not necessarily about producing a product but about professional development and CV building for their engineers. Which is great, I love this stuff.
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Last year Ford employees were granted 1,422 patents, more than any other automaker. I think this year is shaping up to be another good one.

Kind of confused though, as someone recently stated that Ford is not very innovative.
No confusion. There is a chasm between patents and product. One patent for combining carbon fibre, aluminum and hardened steel in a scalable chassis might be worth 1,422 patents for flashing lighted logos or gimbaled cup-holders.

As a potential conquest customer, I'd prefer to see innovation played out as a better car on the road that I would want to buy.
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