Toyota was awarded more patents than any other automaker by the United States Patent and Trademark Office according to an annual listing by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). In addition, Toyota moved up the ranks in overall patents being awarded to a single company, to fourth overall this year.
The ranking represents the highest ever achieved in the list's 40-year history, further reinforcing its position as a leader in technology and innovation among the world's best-known brands. Of the 3,056 patents the company was awarded in 2022, nearly half are for future mobility, including 26 percent around electrification targeting vehicles, batteries and materials, and 14 percent focused on automation and safety.
"As we aggressively pursue an electrified future, Toyota continues to amp up its investment in innovation," said Sandra Phillips-Rogers, senior vice president of Corporate Resources and chief legal officer at Toyota Motor North America. "Our engineers, researchers and scientists are responding with technology that puts Toyota in the best position both now and for years to come."
"At Toyota, we nurture invention, and it shows in our performance on the IPO's listing year after year," said Frederick Mau, intellectual property counsel and director of Patent Licensing for Toyota Motor North America. "This not only benefits Toyota, but industry and society as a whole, since some of our intellectual property is available for others to license and discover new applications."
Globally, Toyota spends more than $1 million per hour on R&D to ensure that the company remains a leader in mobility and vehicle technology that is safe, high-quality, and appealing to both our customers and beyond.
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