Very likely now that Geely will buy Volvo as the ownership of Volvo's patents, etc. is resolved - Geely will get rights to them: "... the Swedish company would retain ownership of its key technologies and IPRs after a sale by Ford, and the Chinese carmaker would obtain the ownership of Volvo's key technologies and IPRs through acquiring Volvo. ... Ford confirmed it had picked Geely as the preferred bidder for the U.S. company's Volvo Unit on October 28. Ford put Volvo on sale in December and Geely offered to buy 100 percent of Volvo. ..." From: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90778/90861/6826752.html BTW, there is now wide spread belief that GM will never be able to pay back money advance by its four owners (US tax payers, Canadian tax payers, UAW, and one other, the German tax payers, I think, but my memory is uncertain on this last one). A group of Chinese automakers is considering buying GM. A sale of GM to China would meet with considerable political resistance, but probably is the only way the current four owners can recover the money they lent to GM. The Chinese division of GM is very profitable and at present rate of growth in a couple of years, GM will sell more cars in China, than in the US. Perhaps, China will only want to buy what is now the Chinese division. That may be politically easier to achieve. This post is a little off thread, but the thread is about the future of automobiles - that is in Asia, especially China and India.