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Fifty years ago, Mercedes engineer Béla Barény patented the crumple zone.(patent number DBP 854.157)

It is my understanding that Mercedes released the rights to the patent for the crumple zone before it expired since this was so important to automotive safety.

I need verification of this for a book on Business Ethics that I am preparing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Peter Spang Goodrich
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