McDonald’s Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

McDonald’s has a total of 100 patents globally, out of which 56 have been granted. Of these 100 patents, 14% patents are active. Australia is where McDonald’s has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe 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, Richard McDonald and Ray Kroc. 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 April 2023, McDonald’s has a market cap of $208.70 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 has 0 patents.

How many patents does McDonald’s have?

McDonald’s has a total of 100 patents globally. These patents belong to 54 unique patent families. Out of 100 patents, 14 patents are active.

How many McDonald’s patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

How Many Patents did McDonald’s File Every Year?

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
20201
2019
201833
20172
20161
201523
201423
201325
20126
201116

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

Countries in which McDonald’s Filed Patents

CountryPatents
Australia28
Europe10
United States Of America9
New Zealand9
United Kingdom8
Canada5
Japan3
Sweden3
Spain3
Brazil2
Korea (South)2
Germany1
Singapore1
France1
Norway1

Where are Research Centers of McDonald’s Patents Located?

10 Best McDonald’s Patents

GB2380397A is the most popular patent in the McDonald’s portfolio. It has received 43 citations so far from companies like Hanpak Limited, Compleat Llc, and The Cupworks Corporation.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of McDonald’s:

Publication NumberCitation Count
GB2380397A43
US6577969B230
US7384003B113
US20040249698A110
US20060134271A18
JP2009509714A7
AU745372B26
WO2003015524A15
US20060134273A14
US20040131741A14

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

McDonald’s (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 26 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 22 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 84.62%.

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 & Culbertson Llp1883.33%
Ohlandt Greeley & Perle Llp2100.00%
Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch Llp1100.00%
Crowell & Moring Llp1100.00%
Finnegan Henderson Farabow1100.00%
Joseph P O Halloran1100.00%
Lars S Johnson10.00%
Rudnick And Wolfe1100.00%

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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?

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