General Mills Patents – Key Insights and Stats

General Mills has a total of 3495 patents globally, out of which 1842 have been granted. Of these 3495 patents, more than 42% patents are active. The United States of America is where General Mills has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Canada and Australia. Parallelly, the United States of America seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also is the origin country of General Mills.

General Mills was founded in the year 1928. General Mills, Inc. operates as a food company. The Company manufactures and markets branded consumer foods. General Mills serves customers worldwide. As of March 2023, General Mills has a market cap of $47.61 Billion.

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

How many patents does the founder and the CEO of General Mills have?

The founder Cadwallader C. Washburn, James Ford Bell, John Crosby, Lisa Pannell have 0, 1, 89, 0 patents and CEO Jeffrey Harmening have 0 patents.

How many patents does General Mills have?

General Mills has a total of 3495 patents globally. These patents belong to 1044 unique patent families. Out of 3495 patents, 1478 patents are active.

How Many Patents did General Mills File Every Year?

General Mills 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 GrantGeneral Mills Applications FiledGeneral Mills Patents Granted
202311
20225377
202163108
2020122182
2019169144
2018163121
201715598
2016178102
201512989
201427664
201316141
201211252
20118856

How many General Mills patents are Alive/Dead?

General Mills Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did General Mills File in Different Countries?

General Mills Worldwide Patent Filing Trend

Countries in which General Mills Filed Patents

CountryPatent
United States Of America904
Canada413
Australia323
Europe312
Mexico141
China141
Germany115
Brazil93
Argentina85
Japan65
Spain52
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)52
India43
Austria41
United Kingdom40
Malaysia30
New Zealand26
Indonesia25
South Africa18
Denmark18
Poland18
Norway18
Philippines18
Portugal16
Chile14
Colombia13
Taiwan12
Russia11
Singapore9
Israel9
Italy7
Korea (South)6
Turkey6
France5
Saudi Arabia4
Switzerland4
Viet Nam1
Brunei1
Peru1

Where are Research Centres of General Mills Patents Located?

R&D Centres of General Mills

10 Best General Mills Patents

US20020004749A1 is the most popular patent in the General Mills portfolio. It has received 304        citations so far from companies like Searete, Elwha and Kpn Innovations.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of General Mills:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20020004749A1304
US6723358B1193
US6500463B1182
US20030066076A1177
US20090311378A1123
US20030083925A1115
US6592915B1106
US7201923B1103
US6468568B199
US6371324B193

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to General Mills patents?

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 265 General Mills patents in 1501 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the General Mills patent portfolio are Nestec, Intercontinental Great Brands and Frito-Lay.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing General Mills –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing General Mills PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Nestec2172
Intercontinental Great Brands1950
Frito-Lay1546
Elwha1540
Mars1346
Kellogg1031
Nestle818
Conagra Foods714
IBM712
Cargill719

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on General Mills Patents

Top General Mills Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US20020004749A133
US7235276B220
US8249946B215
US8828432B28
US7033634B27
US20030141218A17
US6500463B17
US8367143B27
US8146799B26
US7237671B26
US20030083925A16
US6572911B16
US7803413B26
US8697159B26
US20040148217A16

What are General Mills key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by General Mills?

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

R&D Focus: How has General Mills search focus changed over the years?

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