Unilever Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Unilever has a total of 43123 patents globally, out of which 17946 have been granted. Of these 43123 patents, more than 60% patents are active. United States of America is where Unilever has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and India, it has generated an annual revenue of $56.86 billion in the year 2020. Parallelly, Europe seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Unilever.

Unilever was founded in the year 1987 by Antonius Johannes Jurgens, Samuel van den Bergh, and Georg Schicht. Company is doing business in Home Care, Beauty & Personal Care, and Foods & Refreshment. As of January 2022, Unilever has a market cap of $138.47 Billion.

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

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

The founders, Antonius Johannes Jurgens, Samuel van den Bergh, and Georg Schicht have 0 patents respectively. The CEO, Alan Jope has 0 patents.

How many patents does Unilever have?

Unilever has a total of 43123 patents globally. These patents belong to 15914 unique patent families. Out of 43123 patents, 25973 patents are active.

How many Unilever patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Unilever Worldwide Legal Trends

Patent Families

Unilever Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Unilever File Every Year?

Unilever 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 GrantUnilever Applications FiledUnilever Patents Granted
201122211022
20121967973
20132167948
201416441041
201515271099
201617731344
201720481149
20181972896
20191722997
2020844921
2021295915

How Many Patents did Unilever File in Different Countries?

Unilever Worldwide Filing in Top 10 Countries

Countries in which Unilever Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America3814
Europe3753
India2805
China2798
Brazil2593
Australia2124
South Africa1679
Canada1645
Thailand1593
Argentina1567
Mexico1498
Japan1251
Indonesia1248
Germany1188
Turkey1129
Spain1038
Austria796
Vietnam794
Eurasia768
United Kingdom717
Philippines677
Poland547
Chile532
Russia341
Korea (South)310
Taiwan174
Malaysia134
Israel121
Hungary117
Portugal103
Africa73
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)54
Czech Republic50
Singapore48
Denmark43
Ukraine42
Colombia42
France40
Egypt35
New Zealand30
Uruguay22
Saudi Arabia20
Peru18
Slovakia16
Ecuador14
Morocco14
Norway9
Netherlands8
Italy8
Bulgaria5
Slovenia4
Dominican Republic4
Romania2
Ireland1
Latvia1
Guatemala1
Gulf Cooperation Council1
Panama1
Belgium1
Jordan1
Serbia1
Croatia1
Caribbean1
Costa Rica1

Where are Research Centers of Unilever Patents Located?

Unilever R&D Centers

10 Best Unilever Patents

WO2005003274A1 is the most popular patent in the Unilever portfolio. It has received 289 citations so far from companies like The Procter and Gamble, Novozymes, and Henkel.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
WO2005003274A1289
US20040125996A1227
US20040134007A1215
US20090068255A1210
WO2005003275A1209
WO2003040279A1209
EP1355209A1208
WO2005003276A1200
US20070074114A1181
USD581279S1171

Which Companies are using Unilever 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 citing companies in the Unilever patent portfolio are Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal, and Henkel.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Procter & Gamble211
L’Oréal95
Henkel71
Nestle63
Colgate-Palmolive62
Kao Corporation28
Rhodia Operations20
DSM IP Assets17
Elc Management15
Ecolab13

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Unilever Patents

Unilever patent portfolio

Top Unilever Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US20090068255A140
US7349776B229
US20070074114A118
US20040219118A115
US20060104918A115
US20080275348A114
US20040125996A112
US20050266137A111
US7715894B210
US8518384B210
US7527806B29
US20070073799A19
US20040134007A19
US20030136701A19
US20060088496A19

What Percentage of Unilever US Patent Applications were Granted?

Unilever (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 3579 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 1839 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 55.49%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Unilever?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationSuccess Rate
Unilever Patent Group202846.00%
Cushman Darby & Cushman14787.07%
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Llp14072.99%
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox P L L C10379.61%
Foley & Lardner Llp7329.69%
Arent Fox Llp Los Angeles6495.83%
N V Nederlandsch Octrooibureau6130.77%
Morgan Lewis & Bockius Llp Wa4660.87%
Carter Deluca & Farrell Llp200%
Foley Hoag Llp W Isa2080.00%

“Innovation is at the heart of Unilever’s ambition to grow sustainably. Science, Technology and Product Development are central to our plans to keep providing consumers with brands that improve their lives while having a positive impact on the environment and society.”

Unilever’s inventions are all based on significant insights into the requirements and desires of consumers. Unilever strives to create goods with a purpose that customers will pick again and again.

Unilever is working on a wide range of projects, combining the hunt for breakthrough technology with the continual need to adapt to consumer needs and improve the sustainability of Unilever products.

Unilever accomplishes this by combining significant consumer trends, cutting-edge science, and the use of data and digital technologies to create exceptional products, services, and experiences. Unilever’s investment in safe science underlies the company’s leadership in alternatives to animal testing, while its grasp of cutting-edge bioscience is resulting in innovations in consumer hygiene and microbiome care.

Unilever’s goods, whether developed internally or in collaboration with premier scientists, academic institutions, suppliers, and specialty businesses, are critical to the company’s goal of making a positive effect.

Everything Unilever does is based on sustainability and environmental protection. Long-term science and technology programmes at Unilever are solely focused on innovations that have a positive impact on the environment and provide superior experiences for Unilever customers. Unilever’s substantial scale and sense of purpose are being used to expedite the industry’s transition to renewable and biodegradable ingredients and forms. This includes taking the lead in the industry on plastic waste and making bold promises to phase out the use of fossil fuels in goods and replace them with 100 percent renewable energy in Unilever operations by 2030.

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What are Unilever key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Unilever?

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

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

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