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IP trends show joint support innovation in China

A country-based analysis indicated a very large increase in patent filings in China for joint support nutritional products.

Joint health and inflammation continues to be an important market for nutritional products. In particular, joint health is crucial to maintain a level of activity conducive to overall health for both humans and companion animals. Additionally, joint inflammation can be a source of severe pain and disability. Fortunately, a number of naturally derived active ingredients and follow-on compounds have been identified for their use in reducing inflammation and maintaining joint health.

An article from INSIDER’s 2017 “Joint Health: Innovating in a Mature Market” Digital Magazine found the level of patent application filings remained relatively consistent over the past 20 years. For an updated survey, the search criteria and definitions were expanded to obtain a larger sample size. The larger sample size also indicated the same stable filing numbers over the past 20 years. However, a country-based analysis indicated a very large increase in patent filings in China. This increase corresponds to a National Patent Development Strategy which provided government incentives to bolster the number of domestically filed patent applications. The program has resulted in double-digit growth in annual patent filings, as China moves to become an innovation powerhouse.

Additionally, patent filings in the United States continue to decrease, as recent guidance regarding the patent eligibility of naturally derived products has negatively impacted the likelihood of obtaining patents on new innovations.

This is an excerpt from the article, “Intellectual Property Trends in Joint Health/Inflammation Products.” To read the complete article, download INSIDER’s Joint Health/Inflammation Digital Magazine.

Attorney Andreas Baltatzis is a director at KramerAmado PC, a boutique law firm specializing in intellectual property (IP). He represents a number of innovative nutritional supplement and nutraceutical companies that improve people’s lives every day. Baltatzis also helps companies prepare and implement IP strategies by obtaining patents and trademarks that protect their innovations and cash flow, as well as advising clients on successfully launching new products and brands.

Gideon Eckhouse is a senior associate at KramerAmado, with more than 10 years of experience in patents and trademarks. He assists innovative nutritional supplement and nutraceutical companies in protecting their IP throughout the world. Eckhouse counsels and implements global trademark strategies for new brand launches. Additionally, he prepares and prosecutes patent portfolios protecting new products coming to market.

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