Meat the Future: The Patent Landscape of Cultivated Meat

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Authored by Sheena Wang for ABA Landslide® Magazine

Associate Sheena Wang authored an article titled "Meat the Future: The Patent Landscape of Cultivated Meat" for the American Bar Association's (ABA) Landslide® March/April 2024 magazine, Volume 16 Issue 3.

The food tech industry has been growing rapidly in recent years, reaching an estimated $2.8 billion cumulative investment in 2022, and it is expected to continue its upward trajectory. Public sentiment for lower environmental impact, reduced health concerns associated with current livestock operations, and more humane food production practices have encouraged research and development in the industry. Cultivated meat—including genuine animal meat, seafood, and other animal products made from cultivated animal cells—is one of the newest additions to the food tech industry. Cultivated meat and seafood products have recently reached some major milestones by gaining regulatory momentum and starting to enter the commercial market. 

As customer appetite for sustainable food options grows, so does the number of food tech entities entering the cultivated meat space. At the end of 2022, there were over 150 publicly announced cultivated meat companies headquartered in 26 different countries in six different continents around the world. This article discusses patent and patent application trends in the cultured meat space and profiles five cultured meat companies: Upside Foods, Aleph Farms, Mosa Meat, Avant Meats, and Eat Just.

Landslide® magazine is dedicated to the sharing of intellectual property knowledge and experience acquired on the front lines of practice, business, and the arts and sciences. The magazine explores national and international arenas and tracks intellectual property law as it gathers momentum in response to the technological, economic, and political transformations of the day.

To read Sheena's article, click on the PDF below, or visit the ABA website (accessible to ABA-IPL members only).

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