Nestle Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2024)

Nestle has a total of 51608 patents globally, out of which 25172 have been granted. Of these 51608 patents, more than 40% patents are active. United States of America is where Nestle has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and China. Parallelly, Europe seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also Switzerland is the origin country of Nestle.

Nestle was founded in the year 1866. The Company is a multinational packaged food company that manufactures and markets a wide range of food products. The Company’s product line includes milk, chocolate, confectionery, bottled water, coffee, creamer, food seasoning and pet foods.

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

How many patents does the founder and the CEO of Nestle have?

The founder Henri Nestle has 0 patent and CEO Ulf Mark Schneider has 0 patent.

How many patents does Nestle have?

Nestle has a total of 51608 patents globally. These patents belong to 8397 unique patent families. Out of 51608 patents, 21000 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Nestle File Every Year?

Nestle 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 GrantNestle Applications FiledNestle Patents Granted
202411
20234151098
20228691000
202121431177
202016711367
201917931332
201822411540
201724331362
201626591877
201527281839
201427351892
201338651782

How many Nestle patents are Alive/Dead?

Nestle Patent Portfolio

 How Many Patents did Nestle File in Different Countries?

Nestle Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Nestle Filed Patents

CountryPatents
Europe4507
United States Of America4265
China4078
Australia2864
Brazil2373
Canada2312
Japan2202
Mexico2194
Germany2031
Russia1948
Austria1823
Spain1592
India1525
Malaysia1202
South Africa1117
Philippines1050
Chile1042
Indonesia976
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)871
Singapore798
Portugal704
Israel701
Poland617
Argentina600
Korea (South)524
Taiwan442
Norway420
Denmark370
United Kingdom362
New Zealand269
Italy250
Switzerland231
Ukraine192
Hungary131
Colombia125
Viet Nam110
United Arab Emirates108
Slovakia104
Turkey75
Croatia61
Peru58
Saudi Arabia57
Slovenia56
France46
Africa40
Czech Republic39
Estonia38
Ecuador33
Montenegro26
Morocco22
Eurasia19
Cyprus19
Tunisia18
Costa Rica17
Uruguay15
Egypt13
Finland13
Bulgaria9
Serbia9
Panama8
Romania7
Lithuania5
Bosnia and Herzegovina5
Iceland4
Republic of Moldova4
Dominican Republic4
Guatemala2
Georgia2
Thailand2
Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro2
Sweden1
Uzbekistan1
Netherlands1
San Marino1
Kenya1
Honduras1
Gulf Cooperation Council1
Latvia1
Cambodia1
Belarus1

Where are Research Centres of Nestle Patents Located?

R&D Centers of Nestle

10 Best Nestle Patents

USD505590S1 is the most popular patent in the Nestle portfolio. It has received 369 citations so far from companies like Conagra Foods Rdm, Kraft Foods Group and Clean Roots.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
USD505590S1369
WO2009130099A1365
WO2009074559A1276
WO2009074557A1261
RU2277792C2247
EP1472156B1244
WO2009135869A2239
US6832542B2236
USD525127S1233
WO2008148646A1223

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

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 1051 Nestle patents in 4966 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Nestle patent portfolio are Douwe Egberts, Mars Incorporated and Abbott Laboratories.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Nestle –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Nestle PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Douwe Egberts53184
Mars Incorporated42141
Abbott Laboratories39144
Unilever3997
Mead Johnson30126
Nv Nutricia2954
Koninklijke Philips2672
Kraft Foods Group2041
K-Fee System1841
Coca-Cola1734

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Nestle Patents

 Top Nestle Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US20050153018A121
US20100233129A118
US9162815B217
US7604826B216
US7993691B216
US6832542B216
US8797166B215
US6889603B215
US20050158426A113
US7101565B212
US7669517B212
US6926917B212
US9242791B211
US7032818B211
US7412921B211

What Percentage of Nestle US Patent Applications were Granted?

Nestle (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 294 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 190 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 82.25%.

Below are the key stats of Nestle patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Nestle?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
K&L Gates Llp Nestec16989.81%
Thompson Coburn166.25%
Winston & Strawn1580.00%
Forest Laboratories9100.00%
Morrison & Foerster5100.00%
Innovation Counsel2100.00%
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton250.00%
Pennie & Edmonds250.00%
Societe Des Produits Nestle20.00%
William H Vogt Iii2100.00%

The Nestlé Research Center (NRC) and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences have been integrated together to take Nestlé’s R&D to a “new level”. Nestlé is always evolving and staying future-focused so that it can creatively, efficiently, and smartly serve its consumer needs.

Do you want to know about the areas of Innovation, Nestlé is currently working on?

What Technologies are Covered by Nestlé Patents?

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

R&D Focus: How Nestlé Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

Are you curious to know about the development areas of Nestlé innovation through the years?

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