Toyota Leads Automakers in 2012 U.S. Patents Issued

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July 8, 2013—The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued 1,491 patents to Toyota in 2012, more than any other automaker.

The recently release_notesd survey by the Intellectual Property Owners Association showed a 30 percent increase in Toyota patents from 2011.

The patents are related to a variety of innovations including smart materials that help cars resist insect splatter and advances in vehicle communication systems.

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