Soy Protein Patent Analysis Infographics

We had originally published a Patent Landscape Report on Soy Protein. In this Soy Protein Patent Analysis Infographics, we take a look as how the patent filings in Soy Protein have shaped up since then.

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Soy protein is a protein that is isolated from soybean. It is made from soybean meal that has been dehulled and defatted. Dehulled and defatted soybeans are processed into three kinds of high protein commercial products: soy flour, concentrates, and isolates. Soy protein is generally regarded as being concentrated in protein bodies, which are estimated to contain at least 60–70% of the total soybean protein. Soybeans also contain biologically active or metabolic proteins, such as enzymes, trypsin inhibitors, hemagglutinins, and cysteine proteases very similar to papain.


The worldwide patent dataset for soy protein contains over 10656 published patents, equating to over 4413 patent families.


Type of Applicant Percentage of Entries
Firm 46
Universities 31
Government Organizations 10
Individuals 12
Hospitals 1


The chart below shows a number of filings and grants for soy protein. The chart was generated on overall records (10656 Records) and the trend analysis is for the last 15 years. In this soy protein patent analysis infographics the total number of filings for soy protein stood at 5974 with the maximum filings in the year 2017(554).

Trend analysis based on the filing of priority application indicates a gradual increase in number of applications being filed post-2012.

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Map below represents the geographical filing relating to soy protein. The map helps provide an indication of where innovation in this area is originating from.

China is the leading country in this field with 2014 families followed by United States (715) and Japan (528). The strength of the coloring represents the proportion of patent applications.


The generated maps below highlight the key inventor groups of top five applicants. In the map below the groups are created using network relationships between the applicants and the inventors listed on the graph.

Key inventors present in the map, for instance, Won Theodore/Mcmindes Mathews K who appears in between the two clusters of Donaldson and Dowdupont have shared research for the soy protein application and hence they are in between the two respective clusters. It can also be seen that Donaldson has collaborated with Novo Holdings and Solay LLC.


The chart below shows top 10 universities with respect to their Originality and Generality scores. University Northeast Agriculture has the largest portfolio size amongst the top universities but still it is behind other top universities with lesser portfolio size in terms of the overall radical idea of its invention and its applications.

University Northeast Agriculture has a large portfolio but their inventions cannot be considered as radical or unique owing to its Originality score thereby earning limited economic potential.

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The patent data shows a very keen interest around soy protein developing over the last few years and continuing to grow at a very rapid pace after somewhat slower start during the period 2005-2019.

China has emerged as the leader in terms of patent families. Fuji Oil leads the records count for research around protein as emulsifiers.

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