The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued more patents to Toyota in 2012 than to any other carmaker, according to a recently released survey by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). The office issued 1,491 patents to Toyota companies -- a product of the bright minds of engineers and designers.
The patents also highlights the carmaker's commitment to develop car better cars that boast of new environmental, safety and technological advancements. According to Kristin Tabar, vice president, electrical systems engineering, Toyota Technical Center (TTC), innovation has been a cornerstone of Toyota’s success since the carmaker's founding.
She said that they listen to customers and "develop new ways to improve their experience.” Toyota companies received 30 percent more patents in 2012 than in 2012, which highlight its increasing success in fostering ingenuity and keeping focus on its customers. Toyota is known for being a worldwide leader for creating new and advanced technologies and innovations.
The Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor and Saline, Michigan, recently held their annual patent awards ceremony to honor those received patents in 2012. Minjuan Zhang, manager, Toyota Research Institute NA (TRINA) and Charan Lota, manager, electronic systems at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), each received their 20th patent in 2012.