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Toyota remains USPTO R&D patent leader among automakers

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Toyota more patents than any other automaker in 2020, according to an annual ranking by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

Toyota’s engineers and scientists were granted a total of 2,819 patents in 2020, up 4% from 2019 and outpacing any other automaker in the United States.

Toyota continues to invest heavily in its robust research and development pipeline and has received more than 1,400 patents related to autonomous vehicle technology since 2003.

Every hour, Toyota invests more than $1 million in emerging technology globally, and has invested more than $1 billion in R&D related to automated vehicles and robotics since 2017.

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