Suntory Assigned Patent for Phospholipid

December 12/Alexandria, Va./U.S. Fed News -- U.S Patent no. 7,847,113, issued on December 7, was assigned to Suntory Holdings Ltd. ( Osaka, Japan). "Phospholipids Including Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids as Constituents, and Use of Such Phospholipids" was invented by Hiroshi Kawashima (Takatsuki, Japan), Motoo Sumida (Uji, Japan) and Akiko Shiraishi (Ibaraki, Japan).

According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, "The present invention provides a method of efficiently and stably producing LCPUFA-PL. Specifically, the invention provides a method for producing phospholipids that contain LCPUFA as a constituent (LCPUFA-PL), wherein lipid producing cells producing lipids that contain long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) are used as a starting material, the method including a PL extracting step of extracting phospholipids (PL) from defatted cells obtained by extracting triglyceride (TG)-containing oil or fat from the lipid producing cells." The patent was filed on February 28, 2005, under Application No. 10/591,329. For further information, visit:

From the December 20, 2010, Prepared Foods E-dition