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Trait Biosciences Secures Breakthrough Patents for Truly Water-soluble Cannabinoids

Trait Biosciences Inc. announced the US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) has allowed it patent protection for technology platforms that produce truly water-soluble cannabinoids and increase cannabinoid yields in hemp and cannabis.

The USPTO granted allowance for the Company’s Patent Application 16/110,728 entitled “High Level In Vivo Biosynthesis and Isolation of Water-Soluble Cannabinoids in Plant Systems.” The Patent, which was applied for in August 2018 and gives Trait robust protection overall key technological components for its Distilled and Amplified technologies.

“This is another pivotal day for us,” says Richard Sayre, Chief Science Officer of Trait. “The allowance of this Patent gives us robust protection over two of our platform technologies — Trait Distilled and Trait Amplified — which, we are confident, will change the future of the cannabis and hemp industries.”

Sayre adds: “What makes the allowance of this Patent more gratifying is the scope of protection that the USPTO has given us — the Patent covers every gene/enzyme from all organisms claimed in the Patent. It is uncommon for the USPTO to grant such broad protection over classes of genes and enzymes in this manner. It is a testament to the hard work, innovation and experience of our science team, and the excellent IP strategy that has been developed by our IP counsel.”

Trait Distilled uses a natural process to convert fat-soluble cannabinoids into cannabinoids that are tasteless, odorless, fully soluble in water and have higher bioavailability than fat-soluble cannabinoids. These characteristics make Trait Distilled cannabinoids ideal for use in cannabis and hemp beverages and other products because they are an alternative to the current industry reliance on nano- and micro-emulsion particle technologies.

“These patented platforms reinforce Trait’s leadership in providing the Hemp and Cannabis Industry the innovative technology needed to develop high-quality products that consumers can trust,” adds Trait Chief Executive Officer Peter McDonough. “We’re excited to provide our partners the breakthrough solutions associated with this science, which offers a powerful competitive advantage in product development.”

Trait Amplified increases plant trichome production and offers greater photosynthetic efficiency. Amplified also allows plants to produce water-soluble cannabinoids within the plant itself, enabling the extraction of cannabinoids through simple, water-based extraction techniques. This can replace high-intensity, solvent-based extraction techniques that use toxic chemicals, which can leave unwanted residues.

“The breadth of protection granted to us in this Patent will preclude competitors from attempting to mimic our technologies by using alternative genes to achieve the same outcomes,” adds Ronan Levy, Chief Strategy Officer at Trait. “It also confirms what we have long expected — that the technologies we are developing at Trait are extremely novel and light years ahead of what the rest of the industry is doing, and offer a dramatic competitive advantage.”

Source: Trait Biosciences