PHOTO CAPTION: Fisker's patents include its distinctive grill design.

Patents Seen As Keys to Fisker Karma Bidding War

Fisker’s 18 patents cover grille designs, a fender vent and electric-vehicle drivetrain technology,with at least another 18 patents pending.

Published: 10-Feb-2014

WASHINGTON – Two Chinese-backed companies are locked in a bidding war, culminating this week, to take over bankrupt U.S. carmaker Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc.

The prize is 18 patents and a possible toehold in U.S. and Chinese markets.

The rest is a harder sell.


Fisker Karma has been plagued by early start-up problems and is looking for additional investors, at least one said to be in China.

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Craig Cole recounts the travails of Fisker Automotive and its search for a new lease on life.

Henrik Fisker designed and founded company bearing his name.

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