Southwest Airlines Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Southwest Airlines has a total of 22 patents globally, out of which 19 have been granted. Of these 22 patents, more than 31% patents are active. United States of America is where Southwest Airlines has filed all the number of patents, Parallelly, USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and also is the origin country of Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines was founded in 1967 by Herb Kelleher and Rollin King. Southwest Airlines Co. is a domestic airline that provides primarily short-haul, high-frequency, and point-to-point services. The Company offers flights throughout the United States. As of May 2022, Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $25.72 Billion.

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

How many patents does the Founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines have?

The Founder Herb Kelleher has 0 and Rollin King has 2 patents and the CEO Robert E Jordan has 0 patents.

How many patents does Southwest Airlines have?

Southwest Airlines has a total of 22 patents globally. These patents belong to 15 unique patent families. Out of 22 patents, 7 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Southwest Airlines File Every Year?

Southwest Airlines Patents 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 GrantSouthwest Airlines Applications FiledSouthwest Airlines Patents Granted

How many Southwest Airlines patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Southwest Airlines Patents Portfolio

How Many Patents did Southwest Airlines File in Different Countries?

All the patents were filed by Southwest Airlines in the United States of America.

Countries in which Southwest Airlines Filed Patents

United States Of America22

Where are Research Centers of Southwest Airlines Patents Located?

The Research Centers of all Southwest Airlines Patents is the United States of America.

10 Best Southwest Airlines Patents

US20050288973A1 is the most popular patent in the Southwest Airlines portfolio. It has received 108 citations so far from companies like Concur Technologies Inc, Google and Amgine Technologies (Us) Inc.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Southwest Airlines:

Publication NumberCitation Count

What Percentage of Southwest Airlines US Patent Applications were Granted?

Southwest Airlines (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 18 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 14 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 77.7%.

Below are the key stats of Southwest Airlines patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Southwest Airlines?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Docket Clerk1492.86%
Fish & Richardson Pc30.00%
Pamela S Smith1100.00%


What are Southwest Airlines key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Southwest Airlines?

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

R&D Focus: How has Southwest Airlines search focus changed over the years?


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