Yerba Mate: Uses and Applications Evaluated through Patent Documents

Author(s): Rafaela L. Grando, Suzanne O.R. Schumacher, Elvira Carvajal, Iolanda M. Fierro*.

Journal Name: The Natural Products Journal

Volume 7 , Issue 4 , 2017

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Background: One of the trends in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food market is the development of products with natural components, especially plant products. Besides being used as a beverage, yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hil.) has traditionally been used in folk medicine due to its many therapeutic effects.

Objective: The present study aims to evaluate the yerba mate utilization profile in the pharmaceutical and food industry by analyzing patent documents.

Methods: Patent documents were retrieved using Derwent Innovations Index database.

Results: Although the number of patent applications had remained almost constant throughout the years, it has been increasing since 2008. The applicants are preponderantly companies and applications are technologically concentrated in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, where yerba mate has been used as a component for diverse products, including energy drinks, weight loss, and anti-wrinkle preparations.

Conclusion: These data can serve to promote innovation and strategic planning, optimizing yerba mate uses in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food supplements; therefore enhancing the aggregate value of the plant culture.

Keywords: Yerba Mate, Ilex paraguariensis, natural product, medicinal plant, industrial property, patent analysis.

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Year: 2017
Page: [309 - 315]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/2210315507666170525130202
Price: $58

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