KFC Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2024)

KFC has a total of 21 patents globally, out of which 19 have been granted. Of these 21 patents, more than 38% patents are active. United States of America is where KFC has filed the maximum number of patents. Parallelly, United States of America seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also is the origin country of KFC.

KFC was founded in the year 1952. The Company operates a chain of restaurants. The Company offers chicken flavor snacks, sandwiches, desserts, bowls, sides and box meals.

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

How many patents does KFC have?

KFC has a total of 21 patents globally. These patents belong to 20 unique patent families. Out of 21 patents, 8 patents are active.

How Many Patents did KFC File Every Year?

KFC 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 GrantKFC Applications FiledKFC Patents Granted
20152
201413
201341
201223
20111
20091
20082
200723
200635
20056
20031

How many KFC patents are Alive/Dead?

KFC Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did KFC File in Different Countries?

All the Patents were filed by KFC in the United States of America.

Where are Research Centres of KFC Patents Located?

The Research Centre for all the KFC patents is the United States of America.

10 Best KFC Patents

USD573466S1 is the most popular patent in the KFC portfolio. It has received 69 citations so far from companies like Zak Designs, Applied Materials and Zume Inc.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of KFC:

Publication NumberCitation Count
USD573466S169
USD568765S164
USD699106S158
US8193470B147
US7293695B247
US8770431B133
USD686467S126
US8770431B124
USD541148S124
US20070264450A118

List of KFC Patents

KFC PatentsTitle
USD737677S1Food Container
USD732953S1Food Package
USD714148S1Lid For Food Package
US8770431B1Sauce Tray And Lid System For Food Container
USD699106S1Food Tray
USD686467S1Eating Utensil
USD667732S1Beverage Container
USD656816S1Food Container
US8193470B1Self-Cleaning Convection Oven
USD573466S1Removable Absorbent Insert For Food Container
USD568765S1Compartmented Food Package
US7293695B2Interactive Compartmented Food Package
USD542128S1Container With Lid
USD541148S1Container With Lid
USD532655S1Rack
USD527259S1Combined Container Lid And Container Cover
USD527260S1Combined Container Lid And Container Cover
USD521382S1Container Lid
USD520874S1Container Cover
US20070264450A1Removable Absorbent Insert For Food Container
US20070204856A1Grill Rack And Method

What Technologies are Covered by KFC?

KFC Technology Area

Patents related to Design includes ornamental or unique design of Food or Beverage containers, Food packages, Food tray, Utensils, and Rack.

Patents filed under Food Package category relates to Interactive compartmented food package, Removable absorbent insert for food container, and tray and lid system for food container.

Oven related patents includes self-cleaning convection oven and Grill rack and process of grilling.

The most cited patent, US7293695B2-Interactive compartmented food package relates to a low-cost compartmented food package that is simple to assemble, stays firmly expanded and operational, and has characteristics that make it interactive and enjoyable for children.

A single blank of paperboard material is used to make a food packaging in line with the innovation. It is inexpensive to produce, simple to handle, and durable and reliable in usage, meaning that it remains enlarged and operational after store staff have put it up. Furthermore, it contains parts that serve a purpose other than holding or containing food, such as an interactive component that can engage and hold a child’s attention. The invention’s food package is a “kids meal” package featuring pre-staging of some meal elements and final assembly at the point of sale. The packaging consists of a base or tray piece and a detachable cover, as well as a way to make it interactive and enjoyable for kids. It can be used for takeout or in-store dining. The lid can be printed with designs or other materials and then detached from the packaging along a perforated line to act as a standalone collectable item, game piece, or other item.

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

KFC Technology protected in different countries

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

KFC Technology through the years

List of KFC Patents

KFC PatentsTitle
USD737677S1Food Container
USD732953S1Food Package
USD714148S1Lid For Food Package
US8770431B1Sauce Tray And Lid System For Food Container
USD699106S1Food Tray
USD686467S1Eating Utensil
USD667732S1Beverage Container
USD656816S1Food Container
US8193470B1Self-Cleaning Convection Oven
USD573466S1Removable Absorbent Insert For Food Container
USD568765S1Compartmented Food Package
US7293695B2Interactive Compartmented Food Package
USD542128S1Container With Lid
USD541148S1Container With Lid
USD532655S1Rack
USD527259S1Combined Container Lid And Container Cover
USD527260S1Combined Container Lid And Container Cover
USD521382S1Container Lid
USD520874S1Container Cover
US20070264450A1Removable Absorbent Insert For Food Container
US20070204856A1Grill Rack And Method

What are KFC key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by KFC?

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

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

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Authored By: Navjyot Singh, Insights;Gate Team

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