Ford Motor Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Ford Motor has a total of 79017 patents globally, out of which 42657 have been granted. Of these 79017 patents, more than 58% patents are active. United States of America is where Ford Motor has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Germany and China it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Ford Motor is USA, it has generated an annual revenue of $127 billion in the year 2020. Parallelly, USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Ford Motor.

Ford Motor was founded in the year 1903 by Henry Ford. Company is doing business in manufacturing and selling of automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand, and luxury cars under its Lincoln luxury brand. As of December 2021, Ford Motor has a market cap of $79.16 Billion.

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

How many patents does Ford Motor have?

Ford Motor has a total of 79017 patents globally. These patents belong to 28405 unique patent families. Out of 79017 patents, 46024 patents are active.

How many Ford Motor patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Ford Motor Worldwide Legal Trends

Patent Families

Ford Motor Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Ford Motor File Every Year?

Ford Motor Patent Filing Trend

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 GrantFord Motor Applications FiledFord Motor Patents Granted
201122591183
201228521364
201344561619
201463752155
201586982997
201694293277
2017106074024
201881504875
201957846012
202034754441
20218283349

How Many Patents did Ford Motor File in Different Countries?

Ford Motor Patent Portfolio Worldwide Filing Top 10 Countries

Countries in which Ford Motor Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America26046
Germany19013
China16639
Russia4218
United Kingdom3135
Mexico2797
Europe2102
Turkey1286
Brazil648
Canada637
Japan564
India441
Australia217
Austria67
Korea (South)65
Spain30
Uruguay25
Sweden24
South Africa24
France13
Taiwan13
New Zealand12
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)7
Argentina6
Israel5
Thailand5
Hungary4
Poland4
Denmark3
Portugal2
Norway2
Romania1
Morocco1
Cyprus1
Singapore1

Where are Research Centers of Ford Motor Patents Located?

Ford Motor R&D Centers

10 Best Ford Motor Patents

US6636258B2 is the most popular patent in the Ford Motor portfolio. It has received 569 citations so far from companies like Nissan Motor, Donnelly Corporation and Magna Electronics.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Ford Motor:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6636258B2569
US20040093155A1473
US6737964B2420
US6487477B1343
US6859148B2339
US8874301B1324
US20150066284A1307
US6497503B1303
US20110225105A1303
US6785551B1301

Which Companies are using Ford Motor 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 citing companies in the Ford Motor patent portfolio are Hyundai Motor, Gm Global Technology Operations and Toyota.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Hyundai Motor1348
Gm Global Technology Operations1267
Toyota1182
Robert Bosch Gmbh479
Honda Motor431
Denso299
Cummins201
IBM158
Nissan154
Caterpillar145

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Ford Motor Patents

Ford Motor Patent Portfolio

Top Ford Motor Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US7332135B235
US8537030B232
US8588169B230
US6487477B130
US9811935B229
US20100274691A129
US8171724B222
US6745151B221
US9237537B220
US7802386B220

What Percentage of Ford Motor US Patent Applications were Granted?

Ford Motor (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 8947 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 8130 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 91.69%.

Below are the key stats of Ford Motor patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Ford Motor?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationSuccess Rate
Ford Global Technologies Llc530696.77%
Visteon Global Technologies Inc107099.81%
Brooks Kushman P C Fgtl23525.11%
Dickinson Wright Pllc14876.35%
Patent Central Llc10267.65%
Macmillan Sobanski & Todd Llc Ford7760.53%
Zeledyne Llc77100.00%
Tung & Associates5971.19%
Ford Global Technologies Inc4895.83%
Lorraine S Melotik4895.83%
  • AI in the Manufacturing Process & Operations:

For more than two decades, the Ford Research Lab has been studying computational intelligence. The company produced a unique misfire detection system about 16 years ago, which was one of the earliest large-scale industrial deployments of neural networks. Artificial intelligence is being used by Ford to automate quality assurance; AI can detect wrinkles in automobile seats. Furthermore, neural networks aid Ford’s supply chain by assisting with inventory and resource management.

  • Smart Technology for Cars on the Road:

The all-wheel-drive system on Ford Edge includes artificial intelligence. The technology can detect whether all-wheel drive is required faster than a human brain by using dozens of high-tech sensors. It can automatically switch between two- and four-wheel drive. Vehicles with machine learning algorithms help deliver the additional features, personalisation, and product improvement that customers want. Many AI apps communicate directly with drivers to monitor acceleration and braking, as well as optimise fuel efficiency and the driver’s seat position, climate control, and entertainment preferences.

Ford launched the SYNC infotainment system in China, which uses Baidu’s artificial intelligence. Ford is collaborating closely with Baidu to provide Chinese consumers (the world’s largest emerging vehicle market) with the connection they desire. It has an intelligent voice assistant, video streaming, and the option to pay for services, as well as easier data sharing between the in-vehicle system and FordPass.

  • Ford Motorsports Moves to Pole Position Thanks to AI:

On the racetrack, Ford uses artificial intelligence in a different way. Ford Motorsports employs simulation technology (the NVIDIA DGX-1 artificial intelligence supercomputer) to assess a race car’s performance before it even enters the track. Given Ford 300x performance improvements, the analytics drive the race strategy and have yielded spectacular outcomes.

  • Investments in AI:

Ford has backed up its commitment to technology with finance, investing more than $1 billion in Argo AI. Ford employs Argo AI technology in its vehicles, despite the fact that Argo AI is an independent company whose advancements will benefit other car makers as well. The alliance is also looking into how self-driving cars and trucks could change the transportation and delivery businesses. For some residential deliveries, Walmart currently uses Argo AI-powered Ford vehicles. Argo AI was created in 2016, but it has been able to rapidly develop its self-driving car technology thanks to Ford’s investment. To improve the way self-driving vehicles “see” the world around them and respond to the environment, Argo’s systems leverage technologies like lane-keeping systems and adaptive cruise control, as well as a variety of sensors like LIDAR, radar, and infrared.

Ford has also established a number of centres of excellence devoted to machine learning and artificial intelligence. These centres are where engineers decide which AI tools and methodologies should be distributed throughout the firm and how AI applications should be advanced. In addition, the company has collaborations with a number of high-tech enterprises and start-ups around the world, as well as a Palo Alto-based Research & Innovation Center.

  • Autonomous Vehicles:

Ford debuted its self-driving vehicle fleet in 2021, but it is “geo-fenced,” according to Ford CEO Jim Hackett. With all of this technical advancement coming from automakers, CES, one of the world’s largest tech exhibitions, has morphed into one of the world’s largest auto shows. The speed of AI development is quick. Companies like Ford will be able to maintain their success by being proactive with their investments, research, and product development.

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What are Ford Motor key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Ford Motor?

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

R&D Focus: How Ford Motor search focus changed over the years?

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Updated on February 14, 2022

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