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Suntory Holdings’ parent company applied for the most patents in the beverage-alcohol sector in the first half of the year, data shows.

In the six months to the end of June, Kotobuki Realty Co. – the ultimate parent company of Japan-based Suntory Holdings – made 51 applications, figures from GlobalData, Just Drinks’ parent, suggest.

According to the data, the next most active company was Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings, which lodged 27 files for approval.

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 or health and wellness.

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Kotobuki Realty Co.’s applications were spread across health and wellness, the environment and plant-based diets.

Eleven of the group’s patent ideas were put forward in Japan, with a further ten in the US.

Similarly, most of Asahi’s applications were made in its domestic market but it also filed for eight patents in Australia.

List of beverage-alcohol groups ranked by patents applications, H1 2023
List of beverage-alcohol groups ranked by patents applications, H1 2023. Credit GlobalData

The three entities that rounded out the top five during the first half of the year were: L’Arche Green NV – the largest shareholder in Heineken Holding NV – agri group Corteva and Japan’s Sapporo Holdings.