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Introduction of patents from companies related to alternative coffee and mycoprotein

Nov 4, 2023

Introduction of patents from companies related to alternative coffee and mycoprotein

In the previous FoodTech&IP article, I mentioned that next time I would like to see if there are any updates to patent application publications in areas where I could not find patents previously. I found one patent published by Compound Foods (formerly known as Minus) for an alternative coffee.

Compound Foods, a company working on alternative coffee

Compound Foods (formerly known as Minus) is a company that uses fermentation technology to produce coffee without coffee beans. In terms of the relationship between cultured meat and meat substitutes, this means that the company reproduces coffee from materials that are not derived from coffee, and this is a coffee maker’s version of a plant-derived substitute meat maker.

The patent application found in this case was an international application that had been published internationally, and the title of the invention was exactly the same: “alternative coffee beverage.

WO2023028616A1 – Alternative coffee beverages – Google Patents Coffee-like beverage compositions and methods of formin patents.google.com

I would like to continue watching further, as I believe that at the beginning of the year, they will proceed with further application procedures to the countries where patents are required.

Aqua Cultured Foods, a company working to develop micro-protein derived seafood

Next, I would like to look a little at the patent status of Aqua Cultured Foods, a U.S. company that develops seafood from microproteins, i.e., alternative proteins derived from fungi, etc., as a patent application was also filed by this company.

Before I go any further, I would like to excerpt from their website some of the features of the micro-protein-derived seafood that this company is developing. I would like to personally taste-test it as soon as possible to see what it is all about.

It occurred to me that I have a family member who is allergic to crustaceans, and this is a very innovative initiative, considering that with this company’s seafood, even such people can eat seafood!

Our seafood alternative contains none of the top 10 allergens and is safe for children and those with seafood allergies. We do not use any ingredients or raw materials of animal origin.

https://www.aquaculturedfoods.com/how

Our whole cut fish alternative does not contain gluten, soy, or isolated proteins commonly used in plant-based meats.

https://www.aquaculturedfoods.com/how

As for patent applications, one patent application was filed in the U.S. for a food product made from the co-culture of bacteria and fungi.

With various types of food tech technologies now available in the market, and the market developing rapidly, we expect each company to have various disputes and strategies regarding intellectual property rights.