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Patenting dietary supplements & pharmaceutical compounds

India has a long tradition of medicine and has many things to offer to the world. Dietary supplements & pharmaceutical compounds can be patented if the formulation is novel in the market.

Most of us know that good nutrition and a balanced diet are important for good health. In the current scenario, the demand for dietary supplements for adults as well as children is constantly increasing. To meet the demands many new products are being researched and introduced to the consumer market. Various dietary supplements are sold in different combinations to provide specific effect in the human body. For example, a combination of dietary supplements includes ingredients to provide strength to the body, desired weight and some provide stress relief. So for an industry overflowing with new products, new formulations and new ideas, protecting the intellectual property is essential to business success.

Currently, over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs play a vital role in health care system. 

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While both are regulated by Food and Drug Administration, over-the-counter (OTC) drug products are available to consumers without a prescription. There are more than 80 therapeutic categories of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, ranging from acne drug products to weight control products, and over 100,000 over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are currently being sold in India.

Thus, over-the-counter (OTCs) are critical to country’s health care system because they provide easy access to certain drugs that can be used safely without the help of a healthcare practitioner.

Why intake of dietary supplements & pharmaceutical compounds necessary for human body?

The medical and health management of certain anemias can be handled rather well by increasing the daily intake of iron in diets. In other cases, heavy physical exercise may require the intake of considerable quantities of minerals apart from those generally obtained through what otherwise would be considered a balanced diet.

Recent Patents of Dietary Supplements and Pharmaceutical Compounds:-

US 20170266225

Date of Publication- 21st Sept 2017


The present invention discloses compositions and edible orally delivered products, such as candies, beverages, nutritional bars and dietary supplements that increase bone growth and treat age-related bone loss in humans. The major component of the invention is biological calcium which is derived from natural eggshell powder. The compositions also include organic honey and lemon.

US 20170280749 A1

Date of Publication- 5th Oct 2017


The present invention provides combinations comprising a sedating antihistamine and selected indole-based natural products such as L-tryptophan, 5-hydroxytryptophan and melatonin, along with pharmaceutically acceptable calcium and magnesium salts and selected B vitamins. These combinations are useful in providing a medicament for improving sleep in mammals, especially humans.

US 20170151274 A1

Date of Publication- 1st June 2017


The present disclosure relates generally to immunostimulatory compositions, and more specifically to immunostimulatory compositions containing a β-glucan preparation, a ginseng extract, and a mushroom extract.

US 20170202806 A1

Date of Publication- 20th July 2017


In alternative embodiments, provided are therapeutic combinations, pharmaceutical compositions, formulations, kits and devices for treating, preventing or ameliorating a tumor or a cancer, and methods and uses for treating, preventing or ameliorating a tumor or a cancer. In alternative embodiments, provided are therapeutic combinations, pharmaceutical compositions, formulations, kits and devices comprising: a beta adrenergic receptor antagonist (a “beta blocker”) such as propranolol; a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (a NSAID) such as etodolac; and, a sorafenib or NEXAVAR™ or equivalent thereof. In alternative embodiments, the therapeutic combinations further comprise an anti-cancer or anti-tumor antibody, a cytokine, and/or an additional chemotherapeutic agent. In alternative embodiments, the methods, uses, therapeutic combinations, pharmaceutical compositions, formulations, kits and devices are used for treating, preventing or ameliorating a hepatocarcinoma or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), an adenocarcinoma, a metastatic adenocarcinoma of the liver, or an advanced hepatocellular carcinoma.

US 20170056339 A1

Date of Publication- 2nd March 2017


The invention relates to a composition comprising A) microcapsules comprising at least one fat-soluble active substance selected from a vitamin K compound or a provitamin or a prodrug of a vitamin K compound embedded in a matrix comprising a hydrocolloid and optionally one or more other matrix components, and B) at least one dietary mineral; as well as uses and products comprising such compositions.

US 20170068777 A1

Date of Publication- 9th March 2017


This invention relates generally to (but is not limited to) identifying food compounds that have an impact on a phenotype of interest in a subject, and more particularly to identifying a phenotype-related target, identifying a stimulus (e.g., a pharmaceutical agent) that modulates that target, and identifying food compounds exhibiting similarity to the agent (e.g., having a chemical structure that is similar to the agent’s structure). The similarity can be determined, for example, by a computer-interfaced comparison between a drug database and a food database.

US 20160213629 A1

Date of Publication- 28th July 2016


The present invention relates to use of a composition comprising D-glyceric acid (DGA), DL-glyceric acid, L-glyceric acid, or hydroxypyruvatic acid and/or their salts or esters. Further, the invention relates to the use of said composition for enhancing direct and indirect mitochondrial metabolism, e.g. the ATP producing electron transport system (ETS), citric acid cycle or tricarboxylic acid cycle, (TCA), and beta oxidation, and also enhancing the shuttling of reducing equivalents from mitochondrial matrix into the cytosol and protein synthesis in the endoplasmic reticulum. Directly related to the above the use of DGA relates also to reducing the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Alleviating, preventing and even healing effects towards extremely wide range of non-communicable diseases materializes.

United States Patent 9704096 B2

Date of Publication- 11th July 2017


The one or more embodiments disclosed herein provide a method for automatically assembling multiple components into a single edible custom composition, in which each compound is individually customized to proportions formulated from a profile of an individual or group. The single custom mixture can contain a plurality of compounds including foods or flavors, nutritional additives, herbals, biologics, or pharmacologically active substances. Using the method and a related algorithm, the formulation of a custom mixture is suggested.

Therefore, when protecting intellectual property by way of filing patents which is a part of a corporate strategy, the patent law can protect valuable research such as product formulations. The protected and patenting pending technologies will provide competitive advantage over any third party in the form of product formulation patents. Discuss your patenting legal issues with our team of experienced patent attorneys and patent agents.

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COMBATING MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASES”- A brilliant idea for healthcare business in India

Healthcare industry in India has come a long way in terms of advancement.Although healthcare in India is showing a gradual progress, there are still millions of opportunities to create an evolving business by tackling the major challenges of the mass population.

With regard to mosquito-borne diseases, the world’s consideration has been focused on Zika for as far back as a year.

Be that as it may, different ailments like malaria or dengue still debilitate more individuals. Dengue and chikungunya are mosquito-borne ailments that are as of now re-rising as general wellbeing loads around the world. Every year, more than 390 million individuals are tainted with dengue, while chikungunya occasionally develops in exceedingly populated regions.

Mosquitoes transmit the causative specialists for a few irresistible maladies that can be destructive to people. The fast advancement of mosquitoes and their brisk reaction to changing conditions make mosquitoes a standout amongst the most troublesome creepy crawlies to balance.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin


Malaria is the most destructive parasitic illness spread by mosquitoes. Malaria is transmitted to people through bite of female Anopheles mosquitoes. The deadly parasite, Plasmodiumwhich is transmitted to people by the mosquito, incorporates high fever, serious cerebral pains, insanity, and perplexity. About 1 million malaria cases are accounted for every year in India. The majority of the malaria cases originate from six states- Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.

India has mapped out the arrangement to wipe out malaria by 2027 which is three years before the worldwide malaria disposal design of WHO- “WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016– 2030”.

“Health care and education are too important NOT to be left to the free market.”  ― Kevin D. Williamson

Sigtuple, a Bengaluru based startup in India is helping hospitals and healthcare centres improve the speed and accuracy of blood reports. They have developed AI-powered Manthana platform, which can analyze blood samples and generate medical reports in less than 10 minutes—and with complete accuracy. This Manthana platform is being used by a number of mid- to large-sized hospitals and diagnostics labs to catch Plasmodium, the parasite that causes malaria for early detection of Malaria.

“Give people what they need: food, medicine, clean air, pure water, trees and grass, pleasant homes to live in, some hours of work, more hours of leisure. Don’t ask who deserves it. Every human being deserves it.” ― Howard Zinn


Zika infection is spread by daytime-dynamic Aedes mosquitoe, a similar that spreads dengue and chikungunya.

It can cause a gentle sickness, with fever, rash, and joint agony. Be that as it may, disease amid pregnancy can prompt serious mind related birth deserts in babies. It is described by cerebrum harm and may cause different imperfections like visual impairment, deafness, and even seizures.

A few cases of Zika infection have been identified in India but India has no vaccine or cure for Zika virus infection.

European Patent Application EP3184118 relates to a recombinant vaccine against Zika virus. This patent was filed on 29th March 2016 by Themis Bioscience GmbH.

WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/142807, filed on 10th February 2017 by TAMIR BIOTECHNOLOGY, INC relates to treatment or prevention of Zika virus infections by administration of a ribonuclease.

United States Patent Application US20170216246, filed on 31st January 2017, by Lines, Thomas Christian pertains to a method for treating Zika virus infection with a composition containing quercetin or isoquercetin, together with one or more of vitamin B3, vitamin C, and a folate compound is described. Methods of preventing microcephaly and treating and preventing infections of other Flavivridae viruses are also described.

Indian startups have great energy, thought-process and leadership to tackle this challenge and come up with a system or method for detection and treatment of Zika virus infection.


The incidence of Mosquito borne diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya in has seen an upsurge over the past few years in India. Chikungunya and Dengue both spread through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito..

Dengue is caused by one of four firmly related yet antigenically different flavivirus (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4). Symptoms include high fever, extreme frontal migraine, torment behind the eyes, muscle and joint torments, with or without measles-like rash and sickness which in extreme situation can cause hemorrhage and multi-organ failure.

“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care & reproductive health services, we could LOWER that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”  ― Bill Gates

Sanofi Pasteur built up the world’s first dengue antibody, Dengvaxia®. It is a tetravalent dengue antibody, for the avoidance of infection caused by every one of the four dengue sorts in people from 9-45 years old living in endemic territories.

Symptoms of Chikungunya include- migraine, fever, weakness, queasiness, heaving, muscle torment and extreme joint torment. There is no vaccine available against Chikungunya in India and symptomatic treatment is utilized to treat throbs and fever. Chikungunya doesn’t kill yet causes extreme and agonizing appendage disfigurement that may last a long time.

“Our primary health care should begin on the farm and in our hearts, and not in some laboratory of the biotech and pharmaceutical companies.”  ― Gary Hopkins

Bharat Biotech, a Hyderabad based company developed Chikungunya vaccine in India. The vaccine is in the early stage of human clinical trials.

Further, Sun Pharma will give its medication particles to National Institute of Virology (NIV), India to test on Zika, chikungunya, and dengue. The medications demonstrating promising outcomes will be taken further for business improvement.

Sun Pharma is focused on developing medications and antibodies against the rising circumstance of arboviruses comprehensively.

The joint effort of Sun Pharma and National Institute of Virology is in a state of harmony with the administration’s ‘Make in India’ activity. Together they plan to lead joint logical research and advancement to test drugs, biosimilars, antibodies and ailment control and end programs.

Sun Pharma inked another settlement with International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) for the advancement of sheltered, powerful, and reasonable “Made in India” vaccine against dengue- DSV4. DSV4 is a recombinant Virus like Particle (VLPs) based vaccine.

Startups and budding entrepreneurs can come up with methods and devices that utilize robots or automation for early detection of mosquito-borne diseases.

Patents of some high priced drugs and vaccines are set to expire soon and some patents are already in the public domain. The development of biosimilars to these biologics can provide some affordable drugs for the treatment of these critical diseases. If you are a pharmaceutical business entity in India and want to explore the amazing field of utilizing expired patents in medicine sector contact us today to discuss your business goal with our team of Thinking Geeks.


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