Unilever saw the highest growth of 137% in patent filings in February and 140% in grants in March in Q1 2024. Compared to Q4 2023, Q1 2024 saw an increase in patent filings by 100% and grants by 84%. GlobalData’s DataBook provides a comprehensive analysis of Unilever‘s patent filings and grants. Buy the databook here.

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Unilever has been focused on protecting inventions in European Patent Office(EPO) with 116 publications in Q1 2024

The European Patent Office(EPO) Patent Office dominates the patent filings and grants with nearly 30% filings and 46% grants. The World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO), European Patent Office(EPO), United States(US), and Brazil(BR) patent Office are among the top ten patent offices where Unilever is filings its patents. Among the top granted patent authorities, Unilever has 46% of its grants in European Patent Office(EPO), 26% in United States(US) and 7% in Brazil(BR).

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In terms of grant share, Unilever stands first among its competitors followed by Procter & Gamble and Novonesis Group.

Patents related to climate change and emissions reduction lead Unilever's portfolio

Unilever has the highest number of patents in climate change followed by, emissions reduction and circular plastic economy. For climate change, nearly 18% of patents were filed and 7% of patents were granted in Q1 2024.

Household care related patents lead Unilever portfolio followed by cosmetics & toiletries, and personal hygiene

Unilever has highest number of patents in household care followed by cosmetics & toiletries, personal hygiene, skincare, and bath & shower products. For household care, nearly 25% of patents were filed and 9% of patents were granted in Q1 2024.

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