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Toyota Leads Green Tech Patent Growth For Third Consecutive Quarter

Toyota is moving and shaking in clean energy patents, leading green-tech patents for the third consecutive quarter. The US Patent and Trademark Office approved 798 clean-tech patents during the third quarter of 2012, including 71 from Toyota.

2012 Toyota exhibit via Shutterstock

According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth presented by the Cleantech Group Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., Toyota’s patents were primarily in fuel cell technology, with 45 from that category, which is up 13 compared to 2012’s second quarter.

The third quarter number of patents is the highest on record, and was 199 patents higher than the same period in 2011. The most popular patents? Fuel cell technology led all patents with 282; solar patents came in second at 222.

Toyota has been showcasing some exciting products recently, like this all-electric SUV,  or this sporty version of the Prius C, and this crazy Bat-Mobile-esque ride.

Go, Toyota, go!

Source: Environmental Leader

 
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