Toyota recognised as the world’s most innovative carmaker

Whether creating artificial skin for pedestrian safety mannequins, helping autonomous vehicles detect and safely react to emergency vehicles, or fabrics that clean themselves, Toyota leads the way in anticipating and engineering the cars of tomorrow… for today.

For the second year in a row, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) revealed that Toyota’s innovative designers and engineers had received more patent approvals than any other car manufacturer – a total of 1,636 last year in the United States alone. Indeed, Toyota is the only carmaker listed among the top 20 companies on the IPO list.

This achievement illustrates Toyota’s commitment to building ever-better cars that deliver greater safety, environmental and technological advancements.

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“As companies in the automotive industry transform themselves into broader mobility providers, no auto company better demonstrates innovation and technology for the future,” said Jeff Makarewicz of Toyota’s North American research and development headquarters.

“We’re focused on delivering great experiences for our customers, a cornerstone of Toyota’s product commitment; and this recognition is proof we’re living up to that promise.”

Learn more: Why did Toyota give away 5,680 patents last year?

One comment

  1. To be fair, the number of patent grants obtained is more a question of company policy than anything else. A patent can be obtained for any technical development that is not already published and is non-obvious, it has nothing to do with whether the idea is an improvement on the prior art. Set enough patent attorneys to work monitoring the engineers’ work, and most car companies could file for and obtain far more patents than at present… albeit at a cost.

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