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Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery


ISSN (Print): 1872-213X
ISSN (Online): 2212-2710

Analysis of Trends and Opportunities of Anti-Allergy Patents in China from 1998 to 2008

Author(s): Shu Zhang, Xiaoning Zeng, Jifu Wei, Shan Li and Shaoheng He

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2010

Page: [130 - 137] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/187221310791163116

Price: $65


The prevalence of allergic diseases has increased dramatically in recent decades. Holding patens is one of the means to protect good anti-allergy products. However, little is known of anti-allergy patent situation in China. The paper summarized and analyzed anti-allergy patents issued in China from January 1988 to September 2008. A total of 789 antiallergy patents have been granted in China during the 20 years. China, European countries, USA, Japan and other countries possesses 44%, 21%, 19%, 12% and 4% of all of these anti-allergy patents respectively. Interestingly, 88% antiallergy patents issued to Chinese are held by civilians, whereas vast majority of the patents issued to foreigners were held by pharmaceutical companies. All anti-allergy patents are focused on synthetic compounds, Traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), combinations of synthetic compounds and TCM (CST), biological products and medical apparatus. The anti-allergy patents in China mainly focus on well-known targets, such as histamine receptor and leukotrienes, which consist of 93% of patents for validated targets. Approximately 93% targeting diseases are bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis. Our analyzing results indicate that there are great opportunities for application of patents on development of novel anti-allergic compounds and modernization of TCM in China.

Keywords: China, anti-allergy drug, patents

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