General Mills Patents – Key Insights and Stats

General Mills has a total of 3462 patents globally, out of which 1810 have been granted. Of these 3462 patents, more than 42% patents are active. United States of America is where General Mills has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Canada and Australia. Parallelly, 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 by Cadwallader C. Washburn, James Ford Bell, John Crosby and Lisa Pannell. Company operates as a food company. The Company manufactures and markets branded consumer foods and also they serves customers worldwide. As of December 2022, the market cap of General Mills is $ 51.70 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 founders, Cadwallader C. Washburn, James Ford Bell, John Crosby and Lisa Pannell have 0, 1, 34 and 0 patents respectively. The CEO, Jeff Harmening, has 0 patent.

How many patents does General Mills have?

General Mills has a total of 3462 patents globally. These patents belong to1030 unique patent families. Out of 3462 patents, 1473 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
20223571
202156104
2020116176
2019169145
2018163120
201715599
2016178101
201512889
201427464
201316040
201211152
20118855

How many General Mills patents are Alive/Dead?

How Many Patents did General Mills File in Different Countries?

General Mills Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which General Mills Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America895
Canada410
Australia320
Europe307
China140
Mexico138
Germany115
Brazil91
Argentina85
Japan65
Spain52
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)52
India43
Austria41
United Kingdom40
Malaysia30
New Zealand26
Indonesia24
Poland18
South Africa18
Denmark18
Philippines18
Norway17
Portugal15
Chile14
Colombia13
Taiwan12
Russia11
Israel10
Singapore9
Korea (South)7
Turkey6
France5
Italy4
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 300 citations so far from companies like Tele-Tracking Technologies, National Health Essentials and Cargill.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20020004749A1300
US6723358B1193
US6500463B1179
US20030066076A1165
US20090311378A1119
US20030083925A1114
US6592915B1106
US7201923B1102
US6468568B198
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 used 261 General Mills patents in 1470 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 who’s 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
Mars Incorporated1346
Kellogg930
Nestle817
Nutrition Act722
Cargill719
Compagnie Gervais Danone719

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

Blocked Patent Applications by General Mills

Top General Mills Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US20020004749A133
US7235276B220
US8249946B215
US7033634B27
US8828432B27
US6500463B17
US20030141218A17
US20030083925A16
US7803413B26
US7237671B26
US20040148217A16
US8146799B26
US8367143B26
US6572911B16
US8697159B26

What Percentage of General Mills US Patent Applications were Granted?

General Mills (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 297 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 168 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 57.53%.

Below are the key stats of General Mills patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for General Mills?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Diederiks & Whitelaw16245.22%
Kagan Binder3360.61%
General Mills3284.38%
John A O Toole10100.00%
Arlene L Hornilla Attorney966.67%
Arlene Hornilla650.00%
Janal M Kalis6100.00%
Arlene L Hornilla560.00%
Dicke Billig & Czaja3100.00%
Douglas J Taylor366.67%

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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Updated on January 2, 2023

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