Cultured Meat Companies and Patents

Oct 9, 2022

Cultured Meat Companies and Patents

The term “food tech” covers a wide range of categories, and this time we decided to take a brief look at the patent applications of cultured meat-related companies, even though only a small portion of which we have discussed in this blog.

In a nutshell, cultured meat is meat that has been created by artificially reproducing, from the cellular level, the animal meat that we eat today.

What is cultured meat?

Here is the DB we used. I used it based on the description of a well-known patent-related searcher. I was quite impressed that I could intuitively look up what I wanted to look up.

Israeli Companies

SuperMeatSteakholder Foods (formerly Meatech 3D)
There are 5 pending patent applications.
Main countries of application: Singapore, China, Europe, U.S.A.
Patents on the process of cultured meat from cells, patents on the combination of cultured meat from cells and other ingredients, etc.
13 applications under the name Meatech 3D.
Main countries of application: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Brazil, South Korea
Patents on muscle tissue cells, 2D and 3D cell culture technology, etc.

U.S. companies

MissionbarnsUPSIDE Foods (formerly Memphis Meats)
One international application.
Patents on bioreactors.
Scalable Bioreactor Systems and Related Methods of Use
41 applications under the name Memphis Meats and 29 under the name UPSIDE Foods.
Main applicant countries: USA, Australia, Canada, Europe, Israel, Singapore, Mexico, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Spain
Patents on cell culture for cultured meat, etc. There are also joint applications with universities and other organizations.
The application was filed in Japan but was rejected.
Methods for the formation and culture of expandable skeletal muscle systems

British Company

Of the 7 applications, 3 are in PENDING.
Principal country of application: United Kingdom
Patents on cellular transformation.

Some of the patents were related to cell biology, while others were related to bioreactors, giving the impression that the technical fields covered by the patents were rather diverse.