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Patents filed by soft-drinks companies that were linked to health and wellness were those most often granted during the first half of the year, data shows.

In the six months to the end of June, 512 patents related to health and wellness were approved, figures from GlobalData, Just Drinks’ parent, suggest.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics database contains global figures on the patents filed – and granted – by businesses across multiple sectors. Each patent is classified by theme, including those linked to areas such as the environment, sugar reduction and robotics.

During the period, 1,209 patents centred on health and wellness were filed by soft-drinks companies and awaiting approval. As with grants, health and wellness was the classification that featured the most often among patents pending during the opening six months of the year.

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Chart showing location of where soft drinks companies’ health-and-wellness patents were approved in H1 2023
Location of where soft drinks companies’ health-and-wellness patents were approved in H1 2023. Credit: GlobalData

GlobalData’s analysis also digs into the number of patents filed by individual companies.

In the first half of 2023, Kotobuki Realty Co. – the ultimate parent company of Japan-based alcohol and soft drinks group Suntory Holdings – had 43 patents centred on health and wellness granted. The majority – 38 – were filed in Japan.

Nestlé was second on the list with 35 approved. Nine of these patents were also lodged – and granted – in Japan, the data shows.