FedEx Patents – Key Insights and Stats

FedEx Corporation, formerly Federal Express Corporation and later FDX Corporation, was founded in 1971, by Frederick W. Smith and is doing business in transportation, e-commerce and business services. As of September 2021, FedEx has a market cap of $60.94 Billion.

FedEx has a total of 951 patents globally, out of which 564 have been granted and more than 72% of patents are active. USA is where FedEx has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and Japan and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for FedEx in the United States and it also generated $84 billion revenue in 2021. Parallelly, United States seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of FedEx.

Do read about some of the most popular patents of FedEx which have been covered by us in this article and also you can find FedEx’s patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over FedEx’s patent portfolio.

How many patents does FedEx have?

FedEx has a total of 951 patents globally. These patents belong to 200 unique patent families. Out of 951 patents, 685 patents are active.

How many FedEx patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

How Many Patents did FedEx File Every Year?

Are you wondering why there is a drop in patent filing for the last two years? It is because a patent application can take up to 18 months to get published. Certainly, it doesn’t suggest a decrease in the patent filing.

Year of Patents Filing or GrantFedEx Applications FiledFedEx Patents Granted
2021660
20205186
20198364
20183271
20176648
20168553
20158646
20148717
20135314
20127818
20111821

How Many Patents did FedEx File in Different Countries?

Countries in which FedEx Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America413
Europe86
Japan66
China55
Canada51
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)36
Spain23
Mexico18
Singapore17
Netherlands17
Germany16
India14
Australia12
Brazil5
Argentina5
Austria5
Korea (South)5
Taiwan3
South Africa3
New Zealand3
Colombia2
Israel2
Denmark2
Philippines2
Panama1
Lithuania1
France1
Cyprus1
Norway1
Portugal1
United Kingdom1
Hungary1
Slovenia1
Poland1

Where are Research Centers of FedEx Patents Located?

10 Best FedEx Patents

US8989053B1 is the most popular patent in the FedEx portfolio. It has received 547 citations so far from companies like Energous, IBM, Boeing, People.ai and Amazon. The patent’s geographical coverage is in major countries like United States, China Europe, Japan and Canada.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of FedEx:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US8989053B1547
US6332098B2217
US20040253923A1181
US6094642A167
USD436591S1139
US9183100B2111
US7623033B293
US20050017396A189
US6778683B188
US8239169B287

Which Companies are using FedEx Patents to Advance their Research?

If patents or patents from a particular technology area of a company receive a lot of citations, it implies that the technology is being followed and incrementally innovated by the citing companies. It also indicates that citing companies are working on similar and closely related technologies.

The top companies in the FedEx patent portfolio are IBM, Amazon and United Parcel Service Of America Inc.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM21
Amazon15
United Parcel Service Of America9
State Bank Trust8
Walmart Apollo8
Blackberry7
Boeing7
Deutsche Post6
Paypal6
Samsung5

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on FedEx Patents

Top FedEx Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US9571211B218
US10984368B216
US8898083B214
US10453023B212
US8989053B112
US9095001B212
US20160239802A111
US8299920B211
US8239169B29
US9696429B29
US7810577B28
US7623033B28
US10169858B27
US8810460B27
US10069843B27
US9400314B26
US9490920B26
US20050008735A16
US10783481B26
US6778683B16

What Percentage of FedEx US Patent Applications were Granted?

FedEx (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 273 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 196 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 85.96%.

Below are the key stats of FedEx patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for FedEx?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationSuccess Rate
Withers & Keys Llc10994.59%
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner5996.08%
Mcguirewoods Llp5590.91%
Amin Turocy & Watson2528.00%
Ballard Spahr Llp5100.00%
Honeywell Perkowski1100.00%
Perkins Coie Llp10.00%
Phillips Lytle Llp1100.00%

FedEx’s founder, Fred Smith: “If you are not operating at the edge of new technologies, you will surely be disrupted. We also embrace risk-taking innovation when the potential reward outweighs the risk.”

To provide time-definite service to customers, FedEx is continually developing innovative technologies. By implementing technologies, FedEx looks towards an intelligent future of logistics while providing with customer-oriented innovations. From using chatbots, virtual assistants to using robots oriented warehouse management techniques, FedEx has shown the world, and how serious they are in terms of adapting and experimenting with new technological solutions.

Next time you get a parcel delivered by FedEx, do appreciate their innovation which has helped them to put a smile on millions of people while delivering your goods in the right place as fast as possible.

Do you want to know about FedEx’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Fedex Patents?

The chart below distributes patents filed by FedEx in different countries on the basis of the technology protected in patents. It also represents the markets where FedEx thinks it’s important to protect particular technology inventions.

R&D FocusHow Fedex Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

Are you curious to know about the development areas of FedEx innovation through the years?

Updated on October 4, 2021

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