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ISSN (Print): 1872-2083
ISSN (Online): 2212-4012

Research Article

Technological Potential of Avocado Oil: Prospective Study Based on Patent Documents

Author(s): Valente Chaves Gabriela, Nery Tatiana Barreto Rocha, Barreto Gabriele de Abreu, Reis João Henrique de Oliveira, Cerqueira Jamile Costa and Machado Bruna Aparecida Souza*

Volume 13 , Issue 4 , 2019

Page: [304 - 315] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1872208313666190522102518

Price: $65


Background: Avocado (Persea Americana, Mill.), belonging to the Lauraceae family, is considered a tropical fruit originating in Central America, with Mexico being the largest producer in the world. The fruit stands out for its economic potential and high nutritional value and its oil has good commercial value, however, its production is still incipient, being mainly used by the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Despite producing a significant amount of oil, the avocado seed is still considered a by-product of fruit processing.

Methods: Thus, the objective of this work was to evaluate the technological potential of the oil obtained from the avocado and avocado seed through the research and analysis of patent documents available worldwide, in order to identify the main countries that have the technology researched as well as, the main areas of application. We revised all the patents related to acquisition, application and the use of avocado oil. For this, a search was carried out for the database of the Derwent Innovation Index (DII), which compiles the collection of documents published around the world.

Results: A total of 144 patent documents were identified, which were evaluated for the country of origin of thepublisher, the type of thepublisher, inventors, rate of publication over time and areas of application. There has been an increase in the number of patents producded as of 2011, which proves it to be a current and interesting technology. The main countries were the United States and the European Union.

Conclusion: The documents identified referred to different processes applied to obtain oil, as well as the application for the development of new food, cosmetic and veterinary products. In this way, although incipient, the researched technology proved to be a promising area of research to be explored by universities and companies in view of the characteristics and potential of the product.

Keywords: Persea americana, oil, avocado seed, patents, biotechnology, technological prospecting.

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