3M Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2024)

3M has a total of 68864 patents globally, out of which 35849 have been granted. Of these 68864 patents, more than 42% patents are active. United States of America is where 3M has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and China. Parallelly, United States of America seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also is the origin country of 3M.

3M was founded in the year 1902. The Company conducts operations in electronics, telecommunications, industrial, consumer and office, health care, safety and other markets. The Company businesses share technologies, manufacturing operations, marketing channels and other resources.

Do read about some of the most popular patents of 3M which have been covered by us in this article and also you can find 3M patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over 3M patent portfolio.

How many patents does the CEO of 3M have?

The CEO Mike Roman has 0 patent.

How many patents does 3M have?

3M has a total of 68864 patents globally. These patents belong to 14720 unique patent families. Out of 68864 patents, 29299 patents are active.

How Many Patents did 3M File Every Year?

3M 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 Grant3M Applications Filed3M Patents Granted
2024152
20234321876
202212382442
202125233044
202039503253
201947013554
201848104013
201752743903
201655783731
201561253275
201465423374
201359583232

How many 3M patents are Alive/Dead?

3M Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did 3M File in Different Countries?

3M Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which 3M Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States of America11694
Europe8887
China8377
Japan6947
Korea (South)3873
Germany3820
Austria3640
Brazil2537
Taiwan2250
Canada1569
India1550
Australia1437
Mexico729
United Kingdom685
Singapore579
Russian Federation525
Spain335
Poland241
Thailand143
Malaysia120
Turkey88
Chile85
Israel83
Indonesia76
Italy76
Denmark65
Saudi Arabia62
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)58
Viet Nam47
New Zealand45
Argentina38
Norway37
Philippines30
Portugal30
Eurasian Patent Organization29
South Africa24
Gulf Cooperation Council20
Colombia16
Slovenia12
Egypt11
Hungary9
Peru9
Cyprus9
France4
Malta4
Czech Republic3
Slovakia3
Brunei2
Croatia2
Sweden2
United Arab Emirates2
Bolivia1
Dominican Republic1
Kazakhstan1
Serbia1
Nicaragua1
Costa Rica1
Ukraine1
Lithuania1
El Salvador1
Panama1
Guatemala1
Estonia1
Macao1

Where are Research Centres of 3M Patents Located?

R&D Centers of 3M

10 Best 3M Patents

US20190112711A1 is the most popular patent in the 3M portfolio. It has received 268 citations so far from company like Asm Ip Holding.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of 3M:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20190112711A1268
WO2014011438A1194
US8372049B2189
US10143948B2183
WO2016004003A1167
US8622021B2164
US9201556B2154
US20150185425A1153
US8372050B2149
US8425478B2146

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to 3M patents?

The statistics below share strategic R&D insights. It tells the companies that were trying to protect inventions similar to 3M invention. They couldn’t because 3M had protected those before them.

Examiners at the USPTO referred 2756 3M patents in 12302 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the 3M patent portfolio are Samsung, BOE Technology and Kci Licensing.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing 3M –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing 3M PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Samsung231540
Boe Technology87181
Kci Licensing86265
Apple74150
Smith & Nephew61152
Nitto Denko Corporation57130
IBM5186
Fujifilm4984
Lg Display4896
Sharp2855

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on 3M Patents

Top 3M Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US9019209B267
US8493355B264
US9904393B247
US8372049B236
US9753586B228
US8700118B224
US8773366B221
US8970515B220
US8354160B218
US8941395B217
US8361043B217
US9201556B216
US10796390B216
US10437358B216
US10918618B215

What Percentage of 3M US Patent Applications were granted?

3M (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 16332 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 10661 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 70.77%.

Below are the key stats of 3M patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for 3M?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
3M Innovative Properties Company1318966.37%
W&T Corning16596.97%
Hylton Rodic Law116100.00%
Office Of Intellectual Property Counsel9881.63%
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Llp6296.77%
Blueshift Ip Llc4797.83%
Karl G Hanson4697.83%
James J Trussell4486.36%
Locke Lord Llp44100.00%
Mrg Kindeva4466.67%

Personal pleasure, competitiveness, development, and survival are the four primary reasons for innovation, according to 3M. 3M’s lifeblood is new products, and the business incorporates innovation into every aspect of its operations.

3M creates new solutions by combining unique technologies from its portfolio of 55,000 items, such as dental technology used to automobile parts. The company pioneers new ways of innovating by forging these unusual connections. 3M’s plans are geared toward long-term, sustainable innovation.

3M’s plans are geared toward long-term, sustainable innovation. They are as follows:

  • Taking use of open innovation
  • Organizing brainstorming sessions with people from many departments.
  • Providing a safe environment for team members to take chances.
  • Encourage and reward creativity.
  • To produce and sustain innovation, all ten imperatives in Robert’s Rules of Innovation must be implemented and nurtured.

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What are 3M’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by 3M?

The chart below distributes patents filed by 3M in different countries on the basis of the technology protected in patents. It also represents the markets where 3M thinks it’s important to protect particular technology inventions.

R&D Focus: How 3M search focus changed over the years?

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