Nestlé Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Nestlé was founded in 1866, by Henri Nestlé and is doing business in food and drink processing, baby food, medical food, bottled water, breakfast cereals, coffee and tea, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, frozen food, pet foods, and snacks. As of September 2021, Nestlé has a market cap of $339.05 Billion.

Nestlé has a total of 48621 patents globally, out of which 22617 have been granted, and more than 42% of these worldwide patents are active. USA is where Nestlé has filed maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and Australia and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for the Nestlé Group is the United States, which generated $28.09 billion in sales in 2020. On the contrary, Europe seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin continent of Nestlé.

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

How many patents does Nestlé have?

Nestlé has a total of 48621 patents globally. These patents belong to 10416 unique patent families. Out of 48621 patents, 20815 patents are active.

How many Nestlé patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

How Many Patents did Nestlé 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 GrantNestle Patent Applications FiledNestle Patents Granted
2021125565
20205881024
20191300996
201818051133
201719721371
201621741522
201522861486
201423641487
201333521333
201230951170
20113127966
   

How Many Patents did Nestlé File in Different Countries?

Countries in which Nestlé Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America4498
Europe4472
Australia3251
China3085
Canada2804
Japan2280
Brazil2220
Mexico2013
Spain1818
Russian Federation1728
Germany1562
India1408
South Africa1117
Philippines971
Portugal936
Austria933
Singapore797
Chile786
Poland722
Argentina693
Indonesia664
Israel655
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)644
Denmark626
Korea (South)544
Malaysia460
Taiwan433
New Zealand346
Norway262
Hungary240
Ukraine195
Peru147
Colombia132
Czech Republic119
Slovenia107
Turkey92
United Kingdom90
Greece84
Thailand76
Viet Nam70
Croatia65
France64
Slovakia63
Ecuador51
Uruguay41
Morocco39
Africa38
Egypt34
Italy30
Eurasia29
Tunisia23
Bulgaria20
Costa Rica20
Finland19
Cyprus18
Guatemala13
Algeria9
Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro8
Romania7
Panama6
Switzerland6
Serbia5
Lithuania4
Montenegro4
Netherlands3
Belarus3
Saudi Arabia2
Honduras2
Belgium2
Georgia2
San Marino1
Nicaragua1
Ireland1

Where are Research Centers of Nestlé Patents Located?

10 Best Nestlé Patents

RU2277792C2 is the most popular patent in the Nestle portfolio. It has received 242 citations so far from companies like Procter & Gamble, Starbucks and Kraft Foods. The patent’s geographical coverage is in major countries like United States, China Europe, Japan and Brazil.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
RU2277792C2242
US6832542B2208
US6026732A199
WO2005004683A1195
WO2004082402A1193
USD505590S1186
USD447693S1174
US20040047896A1150
WO2007135136A1148
WO2009130099A1146

Which Companies are using Nestlé Patents to Advance their Research?

If patents or patents from a particular technology area of a company receive a lot of citations, it implies that the technology is being followed and incrementally innovated by the citing companies. It also indicates that citing companies are working on similar and closely related technologies.

The top companies in the Nestle patent portfolio are Nutricia Nv, Mars Incorporated and Conopco Inc.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Nutricia NV56
Mars Incorporated55
Conopco Inc55
Koninklijke Douwe Egberts43
Abbott35
Kraft Foods34
Mead Johnson Nutrition31
Philips28
Hill’S Pet Nutrition25
General Mills24
Intercontinental Great Brands20
L’Oréal19
Unicharm18
Coca Cola17
K-Fee System Gmbh17
Whirlpool15
Luigi Lavazza Spa14
Quaker Oats Company14
Procter & Gamble13
Discma Ag12

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Nestlé Patents

Top Nestlé Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US5968569C125
US20050153018A122
US6832542B217
US7604826B216
US8797166B215
US6889603B215
US9162815B214
US7993691B214
US6493641B114
US7101565B214
US9242791B212
US7473388B212
US7669517B212
US6261627B112
US7412921B211
US6926917B211
US6849830B211
US7032818B211
US20100233129A111

What Percentage of Nestlé US Patent Applications were Granted?

Nestle (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 4345 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 2614 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 65.66%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Nestlé?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationSuccess Rate
K&L Gates235856.37%
Winston & Strawn40677.04%
Vogt & O Donnell33488.19%
Nestle33459.42%
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton13464.29%
Pennie & Edmonds9387.10%
Dunlap Codding5451.85%
William H Vogt Iii5396.23%
Alcon Inc5290.38%
Eugene C Ziehm3290.63%

“Nestlé’s success is built on meeting fast-changing consumer demand around the world. In this dynamic environment innovation leadership is key to winning in the marketplace. Strengthening our discovery research capabilities will give us an edge when it comes to developing the technologies for the next generation of must-have products.” said Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider.

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 FocusHow Nestlé Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

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

Updated on September 27, 2021

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