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Ford Increases 2016 Global Patent Haul by 25%

Toyota proclaimed "smartest" automaker last summer.

by on Dec.12, 2016

Ford obtained 1,500 U.S. patents this year and 3,200 globally: a 25% increase compared to last year.

By obtaining 1,500 U.S. patents so far this year, Ford Motor Co. is staking a claim to the pole position in innovation, according to the company.

Ford has been granted 1,700 additional patents in other countries – bringing the total to more than 3,200 patents worldwide this year.

The Journal of Record!

As of last week, Ford employees had increased the number of patent awards by 25% compared with last year. They also submitted the most patent applications in the company’s 113-year history this year. Worldwide, Ford employees have submitted 8,000 new inventions in 2016 – a 40% increase over 2015, and a 90% increase over 2014. (more…)

Toyota Leads Automotive Innovation Pack

Japanese maker earns more patents than any other maker.

by on Jun.30, 2016

Toyota earned more patents in 2015 than any other automaker. It was the second year in a row the company pulled off the feat.

For the second consecutive year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued more patents to Toyota designers and engineers than to any other automaker, according to a new report by the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Toyota is the only automaker listed among the top 20 on the IPO list. Other key innovators in the top 20 include Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft. In 2015, Toyota received 1,636 patents and in the last eight years has been awarded more patents than any other automotive company, the report noted.

Tech Talk!

“As companies in the automotive industry transform themselves into broader mobility providers, no auto company better demonstrates innovation and technology for the future than Toyota,” said Jeff Makarewicz, senior vice president, Toyota Technical Center (TTC), Toyota’s North American research & development headquarters. (more…)

Big Three Big Spenders on Research and Development

New study shows auto industry spends second-most globally.

by on Jun.13, 2016

Automakers spent more than $20 billion in the U.S. last year on research and development, employing nearly 10% of the countries scientists and engineers.

General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., despite their hidebound reputations, actually spend more on research and development than companies such as Facebook, according to a new report.

The report from the American Automotive Policy Council, the Washington D.C.-based lobby for the domestic auto industry, reported that, based on the latest data, the auto industry ranks second in global R&D spending and invested more than $20 billion in the U.S. last year.

The Journal of Record!

In addition, automakers and their suppliers employ nearly one out of every 10 private sector scientists and engineers in America, the AAPC said. (more…)