|WORLDWIDE PATENT AND TRADEMARK PROTECTION
Worldwide patents protect concomitant enrichment of food items with plant sterols and any of the mineral nutrients calcium, potassium or magnesium. Hence, plant sterol-enriched food items can be enriched with calcium, potassium or magnesium only under license of the MultiBene patents. Conversely, calcium-, potassium- or magnesium-enriched foods can be enriched with plant sterols only under license of the MultiBene patents.
For example, the Claim 1 of the European Patent no. 0948265 is as follows:
|“A method of producing food seasoning, food ingredient and/or food item compositions capable of decreasing elevated serum cholesterol and lowering elevated blood pressure, comprising providing in said composition an increased level of plant sterol/stanol and an increased level of mineral element nutrient, said sterol/stanol comprising at least one plant sterol or plant sterol derivative selected from the group consisting of beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, dihydrobrassicasterol, and/or the hardened stanol forms of said sterols, and/or fatty acid esters of said sterols and stanols, and said mineral element nutrient comprising at least one selected from the group consisting of magnesium, calcium, and potassium.”
The MultiBene logo also has an extensive Trademark protection:
- EU Trademark registration
- International Trademark registration
- USA, Japan and other registrations