McDonald’s Patents – Key Insights and Stats

McDonald’s has a total of 52 patents globally, out of which 16 have been granted. Of these 52 patents, more than 19% patents are active. Europe is where McDonald’s has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Australia and USA. Parallelly, USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of McDonald’s.

McDonald’s was founded in 1955 by Maurice McDonald and Richard McDonald. McDonald’s franchises and operates fast-food restaurants in the global restaurant industry. The Company’s restaurants serves a variety of value-priced menu products in countries around the world. As of February 2022, McDonald’s has a market cap of $187.26 Billion.

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

How many patents does the CEO of McDonald’s have?

The CEO, Chris Kempczinski have 0 patents.

How many patents does McDonald’s have?

McDonald’s has a total of 52 patents globally. These patents belong to 29 unique patent families. Out of 52 patents, 10 patents are active.

How many McDonald’s patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

McDonald’s Patents Portfolio

Patent Families

McDonald’s Patents

How Many Patents did McDonald’s File Every Year?

McDonald’s Patents 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 GrantMcDonald’s Applications FiledMcDonald’s Patents Granted

How Many Patents did McDonald’s File in Different Countries?

McDonald’s Worldwide Patents

Countries in which McDonald’s Filed Patents

United States Of America5
United Kingdom5

Where are Research Centers of McDonald’s Patents Located?

Research Centers of McDonald’s Patents

What Percentage of McDonald’s US Patent Applications were Granted?

McDonald’s (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 27 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 22 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 81.48%.

Below are the key stats of McDonald’s patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for McDonald’s?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Hinshaw & Culbertson1782.35%
Paul D Greeley2100.00%
Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch1100.00%
Crowell & Moring1100.00%
Dla Piper Llp10.00%
Finnegan Henderson Farabow1100.00%
Joseph P O Halloran1100.00%
Lars S Johnson10.00%
Rudnick And Wolfe1100.00%


What are McDonald’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by McDonald’s?

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

R&D Focus: How McDonald’s search focus changed over the years?


Interested in knowing about the areas of innovation that are being protected by McDonald’s?

Updated on November 22, 2022

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