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Ford Patents Complicated Method For Illuminating Lincoln Emblem
The idea lets the badge flash quickly in multiple colors
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Chris Bruce, Editor - Aug 30, 2017

Illuminated badges arenít a new technology in the auto industry. Just look at the backlit star thatís widely available in the Mercedes-Benz lineup as an example. However, a recently published patent from Ford describes the most complicated version imaginable of this seemingly simple concept.
Illuminated badges arenít a new technology in the auto industry. Just look at the backlit star thatís widely available in the Mercedes-Benz lineup as an example. However, a recently published patent from Ford describes the most complicated version imaginable of this seemingly simple concept.

Fordís patent describes an illuminated badge with two or more light sources, and a computer would be able to control each of them separately. This would allow one light to remain on constantly while the other flashes. According to the companyís documentation, it imagines using this feature for ďa car finding feature, a remote start indicator, a door lock indicator, a door ajar indicator, a running light etc.Ē

The tech would also be able to vary the color and brightness of each lightís illumination and flash for as little as 1/100th of a second. The ability to make these rapid changes would seem perfect for Fordís future police vehicles.

The companyís patent also spends a significant amount of time describing the possibility of using a photoluminescent substance as one of the light sources. These materials absorb electromagnetic radiation and emit light Ė think of a glow-in-the-dark sign. When this portion illuminates, the other lights would ďflicker in multiple different colors to create a prismatic appearance within the badge,Ē according to the document.

Ford believes that this complicated method of lighting a badge provides ďan efficient and cost-effective means to produce illumination that may function as a distinct styling element that increases the refinement of a vehicle.Ē Thereís no guarantee that a patented idea arrives on the market, but using the Lincoln badge for the illustrations in these documents might hint at the automakerís plan for putting this concept into practice.

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office
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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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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.
Great insight, thanks man.
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Thanks for posting @2b2!

Interesting how the patent shows the current Navigator and not the new one.
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Thanks for posting @2b2!

Interesting how the patent shows the current Navigator and not the new one.
My guess is it was applied for a while ago before the new one came out.

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The patents take 3-5 years...or more.
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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.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/bus...ents/95192804/


Kind of confused though, as someone recently stated that Ford is not very innovative.

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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.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/bus...ents/95192804/


Kind of confused though, as someone recently stated that Ford is not very innovative.
Patents are not innovation.
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Patents are not innovation.
Of course, you patents things that already exist...































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