ConocoPhillips was incorporated in the state of Delaware on November 16, 2001, in connection with, and in anticipation of, the merger between Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Company. The Company is engaged in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas. Its portfolio mainly includes legacy assets in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia; growing North American shale and oil sands businesses; several major international developments; and a global exploration program. Geographically, its business is segmented into six divisions namely: Alaska, Lower 48 and Latin America, Canada, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East, and Other International. The Company has operations and activities in 27 countries. At the end of 2013, it held a total of 811 active patents in 55 countries. The Company is subject to certain laws and regulations relating to environmental remediation obligations associated such as CERCLA and RCRA and their state equivalents.