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Car manufacturing and patent question

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Reading all these threads about handling, suspension, drivetrain etc. , a question came to my mind :

Are the designs of the components in cars patented ? For instance , can any other car manufacturer copy the front suspension design or the multi link rear suspension design of the BMW and put its own car ?
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I think the question is whether it is an invention or not. A patent is basically a monopoly license given by a government to an inventor so that the inventor has property rights on the invention.

I don't know if BMW invented the multi-link suspension. Most likely it is an old invention with expired patent (my guess).

A better example of a patent is the Wankel engine. Didn't one of your countrymen made lots of money selling the idea to an upstart Japanese car company?

[Edit: :D No, it wasn't a Freudian slip]
DaveN323i said:
A better example of a patent is the Wanker engine. Didn't one of your countrymen made lots of money selling the idea to an upstart Japanese car company?
Yes, Dr Felix Wankel (1902-1988)
robg said:
"Wanker Engine" :lmao:
Ok, wise guy. :D It is not my fault that Mr. Shafer does not include a spell check. :rolleyes:
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