Global automotive leaders now members of Unified Patents newest defensive Zone
Los Altos, CA, June 9, 2015 – Unified Patents announced today that Toyota and Honda have joined its recently established Automotive Zone.
The Automotive Zone is Unified Patents' fifth Zone, each of which provides strategic protection to subscribed members. The others include Wireless, Cloud Storage, Content Delivery, and Electronic Payments. Unified currently protects more than $1 trillion in product revenue across the five Zones with almost 90 subscribing members.
About Unified Patents
Unified Patents was founded in 2012 to provide operating companies an alternative resource to curb NPE patent litigation. Unified Patents addresses the risk and cost of NPE litigation by strategically protecting areas of technology, such as Cloud Storage, Content Delivery, Wireless, Automotive, and Electronic Payments. Unified's unique solution draws on the mutual need of large companies, SMEs and startups to proactively deter NPE activity. Among the services provided by Unified are patent transaction reports, NPE and litigation monitoring, prior art searches, and invalidity analysis. For more information about Unified or about becoming a member of one or more of its Zones, visit www.unifiedpatents.com.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mira i fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we've built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.67 million cars and trucks (more than 2.35 million in the U.S.) in 2014 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
Based on Honda's longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda currently operates 14 manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and automatic transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and Honda power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Honda started local production in the U.S. with motorcycles in 1979. In 1982, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to produce passenger cars in the U.S. Honda has continued to expand its local production capabilities, and cumulative automobile production in North America surpassed 23 million units in 2011.