Biodiversity is recognized as a source of innovation in the cosmetics sector. But how is it addressed in the context of patents? To contribute to efforts to understand how patenting strategies support ethical sourcing practices, UEBT commissioned an analysis of the patent landscape for natural ingredients in the cosmetics sector. This research contains unprecedented information on trends on patents and biodiversity in the cosmetics sector and insights into topics such as most important countries, companies, and plants involved.
A series of four information notes, to be released separately in the run up to the UN Biodiversity Summit in October, will provide a summary of the data and main findings of this research.
After the first note in this series released several weeks ago, this is the second installment in the series. Information Note 2, entitled “Patents, plants countries of origin,” includes the following findings and issues:
▪ Top plant families, genera and species in patent documents for ingredients and extracts in the cosmetics and perfumes sectors
▪ Distribution of these species, particularly in relation to countries outside North America and Europe, and
▪ Existing references to country names, including in relation to the origin of the species, in these patent documents.