Sustainability 2011/12

Financial Health



A. U.S. Utility Patents Issued to Ford and Subsidiaries

Number of patents issued

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
387 357 343 325 430 444

Notes to Data

Utility patents are patents that cover the useful features of an invention, and these are measures of technological innovation. We have generated a large number of patents related to the operation of our business and expect this portfolio to continue to grow as we actively pursue additional technological innovation. The average age for patents in our active patent portfolio is five years.