Selected Patents Relating to Oils and Fats 2017

The following list contains brief details of current patents, which appeared to the editor to be especially relevant. Inevitably, there is an element of subjectivity in the choice. Topics included in the list are based on the Divisions of the AOCS and the topical sessions held at the AOCS annual meetings. Patents are listed here at intervals as they are published in INFORM.

Heavy crude oil viscosity reducer Bello, C., Oil & Gas Tech Enterprises C.V., US9453157, September 27, 2016

A viscosity reducer based on vegetable extracts of natural origin is disclosed. The vegetable extracts include a mixture of phosphoglycerides and vegetable oils. A method of reducing the viscosity in heavy and extra heavy crude oil using the viscosity reducer is also disclosed. No aromatic base solvents are needed. A reduction in diluent usage is achieved using the viscosity reducer based on vegetable extracts. The viscosity reducer composition includes a mixture of phosphoglycerides, vegetable oil, non-aromatic solvent, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, and stabilizer.

Dielectric heat-transfer fluid Knowlton, et al., E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., US9455066, September 27, 2016

Provided is a use of a vegetable oil high in monounsaturates as dielectric and heat-transfer fluid in a device for the generation, storage, conversion, and/or distribution of electrical energy.

pH-adjusted soy protein isolate and uses Green, B.E., et al., Burcon Nutrascience (MB) Corp., US9456621, October 4, 2016

pH-adjusted soy protein products, particularly isolates, that have a natural pH of about 6 and have a non-beany flavor are provided by the processing of soy protein product which is completely soluble in aqueous media at a pH of less than about 4.4 and heat stable in this pH range or a concentrated soy protein solution produced in the preparation of such soy protein product.

Pasteurization process for microbial cells and microbial oil Schaap, A., et al., DSM IP Assets B.V., US9457108, October 4, 2016

A pasteurization protocol for pasteurizing microbial cells is disclosed. The protocol has a heating stage, a plateau stage at which the cells are held at a (maximum and) constant temperature, and a cooling stage. The heating and cooling stages are rapid, the temperature of the cells passing through 40–80˚C in no more than 30 min. in the heating stage. The heating rate is at least 0.5˚C /minute and during cooling is at least −0.5˚C/minute. The plateau maximum temperature is from 70–85˚C By plotting the pasteurization protocol on a time (t, min.) versus temperature (T, degrees centigrade), one obtains a trapezium having an area less than 13,000˚C min. This results in a smaller energy input (so a reduction in costs) and a better quality oil having a peroxide value (POV) of less than 1.5 and an anisidine value (AnV) of less than 1.0.

Algal oil-based bio-lubricants Vijayendran, B., et al., T2e Energy Holdings, LLC, US9458407, October 4, 2016

A method for manufacturing an algal oil based bio-lubricant includes selecting a base algae strain with a fatty acid profile that includes oleic acid, introducing the base algae strain to a flue gas recycling system, introducing a lipid trigger to the flue gas recycling system to enhance the lipid production efficiency of the algae, harvesting the algae, extracting an algal oil from the algae that is more than 40 percent oleic acid, and converting the algal oil into bio-lubricant using chemical modification and/or the incorporation of stabilizing additives.

Lipid compositions with high DHA content Hallaraker, H., et al., Arctic Nutrition AS, US9458409, October 4, 2016

The invention provides lipid compositions comprising phospholipids having a high docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) content, which compositions are preferably extracted from natural sources. The lipid compositions are excellent sources of highly bioavailable DHA and they can be used in oral delivery vehicles, dietary supplements, functional foods, and the like.

Lipid-based wax compositions substantially free of fat bloom and methods of making Murphy, T.A., et al., Cargill, Inc., US9458411, October 4, 2016

Lipid-based wax compositions and their methods of making are provided for compositions substantially free of fat bloom. The compositions comprise 0.1–10% by weight triacylglycerides, 30–95% by weight monoacylglycerides and diacylglycerides combined, and 0.1–65% by weight fatty acids. The methods comprise blending the monoacylglycerides, diacylglycerides, triacylglycerides, and fatty acids by heating the lipid-based wax composition at a sufficiently high temperature to destroy substantially all crystal structure within the lipid-based wax composition. The methods further comprise pouring the lipid-based wax composition into a mold or a container having a surface and a core, wherein the pouring is conducted at a temperature at least 15˚C greater than the congeal point of the lipid-based wax composition. The methods further comprise cooling the lipid-based wax composition under conditions sufficient to cool the core to at least 5˚C below the congeal point of the lipid-based wax composition in 30–90 min.

Production of partially refined waste glycerol Ko, M.K., et al., REG Life Sciences, LLC, US9469586, October 18, 2016

The disclosure relates to a novel glycerol purification process that produces partially refined waste glycerol for a variety of industrial applications. The disclosure encompasses a salt-containing partially refined glycerol composition that is suitable as a fermentation grade glycerol.

Methods for die casting metals using phase separable fluids Burke, J.M., et al., Houghton Technical Corp., US9475116, October 25, 2016

Processes for die casting metals are provided, which are more energy efficient and less expensive than the current metal die casting processes. The die casting processes discussed herein utilize a water-soluble die release fluid and hydraulic equipment which uses water-insoluble hydraulic fluid. By doing so, the hydraulic fluid and die release fluid present in the waste collected from the die casting process can be collected via separation techniques. One or both of the collected hydraulic fluid and die release fluid may then be re-used in the same die casting process, another die casting process, or other processes altogether.

Process for separating polyunsaturated fatty acids from long chain unsaturated or less saturated fatty acids Haraldsson, G.G., et al., Epax AS, US9476008, October 25, 2016

A process for separating polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from less saturated long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) in a lipid composition, wherein said PUFAs and LCFAs are present as (i) triglycerides, or (ii) free fatty acids or monoalkyl esters, by exchange of at least a portion of LCFAs with short and/or medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). The process can suitably be employed on marine derived oil, marine oil 2 derived oil products and other sources of PUFAs, including PUFA-rich singe cell oils (SCOs), and oils from genetically modified organisms with a modified lipid metabolism. The inventive process is based on novel use of lipases and distillation techniques, selectively chemically modifying species in the substrate material such that the desired species and chemically similar species become sufficiently dissimilar to be separable. Thus PUFA can be effectively enriched from material such as 30 herring oil with low PUFA content and high content of equal length monounsaturated fatty acids such as 20:1 and 22:1 fatty acids.

Acidic methanol stripping process that reduces sulfur content of biodiesel from waste greases Cairncross, R.A., et al., Drexel University, US9476009, October 25, 2016

The present invention provides a method of producing fatty acid alkyl esters from a lipid, comprising steps of introducing a gas comprising vapor of an alcohol selected from methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, iso-propanol, and butanols, into the lipid in a form of bubbles to enable the bubbles to pass through the lipid and be discharged from the lipid. The product may then be subjected to a transesterification process catalyzed by a base catalyst. The present invention is robust with low quality feedstocks thus significantly reduce production cost for biodiesel.

Soybean seed and oil compositions and methods of making same Wagner, N.W., Monsanto Technology LLC, US9480271, November 1, 2016

Soybean oil compositions with unique fatty acid profiles are disclosed. These oils can be derived by the suppression of endogenous soybean FAD2 and FAD3 genes and the expression of a stearoyl acyl ACP thioesterase. Soybean plants and seeds comprising these oils are also disclosed.

Totally randomized trans-fat-free butters O'Lenick, T.G., et al., Surfatech Corp., US9481632, November 1, 2016

The present invention discloses a series of non-hydrogenated butters made by a process referred to as totally randomized triglycerides. The butters are made using a very specific range of very specific types and ratios of fatty acids to glycerin to provide the highly desirable cosmetic butters meeting the requirements 1–5 above.

Acetylated polyglycerine fatty acid ester and a PVC insulator plasticised therewith Chaudhary, B.I., et al., Dow Global Technologies LLC, US9481633, November 1, 2016

The present disclosure is directed to acetylated polyglyceride fatty acid ester and compositions containing the same. The acetylated polyglyceride fatty acid ester may be blended with an epoxidized fatty acid ester. The present acetylated polyglyceride fatty acid ester and blends find advantageous application as a plasticizer.

Betaine esters and process for making and using Burk, C.H., et al., Eastman Chemical Co., US9487805, November 8, 2016

A variety of betaine esters, including dialkylaminoalkyl cocoate betaines and dialkylaminoalkyl hydrogenated cocoate betaines, are disclosed. These betaines can be advantageously prepared in high yield and purity by a three-step transiterification chemoenzymatic process or a two-step direct esterficiation chemoenzymatic process. These betaine esters have excellent surfactant properties.

Heat-curing reactive systems Sauer, R., et al., Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, US9493687, November 15, 2016

The present application provides heat-curing preparations containing (a) a triglyceride fraction, the fatty acid distribution of which has a proportion of at least 5 wt%, in particular at least 60 wt%, of one or more Ω-3 fatty acids and/or one or more Ω-6 fatty acids, (b) at least one vulcanizing agent selected from the group consisting of (b1) sulfur, (b2) peroxidic vulcanizing agents, (b3) quinones and/or quinone dioximes and/or (b4) dinitrosobenzenes, and (c) at least one inorganic filler.

Soy adhesives and composites made from the adhesives Li, K., Oregon State University, US9493693, November 15, 2016

A formaldehyde-free aqueous adhesive composition comprising (a) soy protein and (b) magnesium oxide or a mixture of magnesium oxide and magnesium hydroxide, wherein components (a) and (b) together constitute at least 50 wt% of the composition, excluding the weight of the water.

Fuel composition with enhanced low temperature properties Burgazli, J., et al., Innospec Ltd., US9493716, November 15, 2016

Disclosed herein is a fuel oil composition comprising a renewable fuel or a blend of petroleum based fuels with renewable fuels, also containing an additives composition to enhance the base and combined fuel's resistance to forming insoluble particulates upon storage at diminished operating temperatures. Further described is the additive package used to inhibit particulate formation.

Biodegradeable putty compositions and implant devices, methods, and kits relating to the same Kunjachan, V., Globus Medical, Inc., US9498558, November 22, 2016

Disclosed are phospholipid based compositions and implant devices, as well as methods and kits that include such compositions or components thereof. In particular, the present compositions include a polymer component such as a poloxamer or PEG component and a phospholipid component, such as a Phosal. The present compositions may include at least one additional component, such as granules, powder, and/or particulates. The present compositions may further include one or more bone graft materials and/or active ingredients. The compositions may be used on their own or incorporated on or in a surgical implant.

Epoxidized fatty acid alkyl ester plasticizers and methods for making epoxidized fatty acid alkyl ester plasticizers Ghosh-Dastidar, A., et al., Dow Global Technologies LLC, US9499681, November 22, 2016

Epoxidized fatty acid alkyl esters and methods for making epoxidized fatty acid alkyl esters. Such epoxidized fatty acid alkyl esters can be prepared by epoxidizing fatty acid alkyl esters with an acid and a peroxide. Epoxidation can be performed under controlled reaction conditions to provide epoxidized fatty acid alkyl esters having an iodine value in the range of from 4–15g I2/100g of epoxidized fatty acid alkyl esters. Epoxidized fatty acid alkyl esters can be employed in plasticizer compositions, either alone or in combination with other plasticizers, such as epoxidized natural oils. Such plasticizers in turn may be used in the formation of polymeric compositions.

Method for processing a vegetable fat composition Miller, R.L., AAK AB PBL, US9499768, November 22, 2016

The invention relates to a method for processing a vegetable fat composition (VFC), the method comprising the steps of: providing the vegetable fat composition (VFC); in a first neutralization step (FNS) separating free fatty acids from the vegetable fat composition (VFC) thereby obtaining a neutralized vegetable fat composition (NVF); in a separation step (FRA) separating the neutralized vegetable fat composition (NVF) into a first fraction (FF) rich in StOO and/or OOO and a second fraction (SF) rich in StOSt (where St=stearic acid and O=oleic acid); in a second neutralization step (SNS) adding to the first fraction (FF) a second base (SB) thereby obtaining a neutralized first fraction (NFF); feeding the neutralized first fraction (NFF) and a stearic acid source (SAS) into an enzymatic transesterification step (ETE) transesterifying the neutralized first fraction (NFF) by using enzymes with 1,3-specific transesterification activity thereby obtaining a transesterified first fraction (TFF).

Compositions and methods for making and modifying oils Lam, D., et al., DSM IP Assets B.V., US9499844, November 22, 2016

The invention provides novel methods for making or modifying oils, e.g., plant animal or microbial oils, such as vegetable oils or related compounds, that are low in a particular fatty acid(s), for example, low linoleic oils, linolenic oils, low palmitic oils, low stearic oils or oils low in a combination thereof.

Filling composition comprising an encapsulated oil Arfsten, J., et al., Nestec S.A., US9504265, November 29, 2016

The present invention relates to filling compositions comprising an encapsulated oil, and optionally a free liquid oil. The encapsulated oil comprises at least 40% w/w of a liquid oil encapsulated in a matrix material. The invention also relates to processes for the preparation of the filling composition and its use in composite food products.

Fungicidal compositions Wurms, K.V., et al., The New Zealand Institute for Plant And Food Research Ltd., US9510600, December 6, 2016

The present invention relates to fungicidal compositions and particularly fungicidal compositions comprising anhydrous milk fat (AMF), soybean oil and/or coconut fat. The invention also relates to a fungicidal method employing a composition of the invention. The compositions and methods of the invention have applications in the management (prevention and control) of fungal growth in commercial and small scale crop production.

Amino lipids, their synthesis, and uses thereof Davidson, G., et al., Incella GMBH, US9511024, December 6, 2016

The present invention provides new amino lipids and a convenient method for synthesizing these compounds. These (cationic) amino lipids have good properties as transfection agents. The method is an economic versatile two step synthesis allowing the preparation of various amino lipids thus leading to the assembly of a combinatorial library of transfection agents. Moreover, the present invention provides lipid particles (liposomes) containing said amino lipids and their use for delivering bioactive agents into cells. The invention encompasses also the use of lipid particles containing the cationic amino lipids as medicament.

Compacted rumen protected nutrient pellets and method of manufacture Garrett, J.E., et al., Qualitech, Inc., US9511062, December 6, 2016

A process for producing a compacted rumen-protected nutrient pellet and the resultant pellet. The process includes the steps of (i) blending a C4-24 fatty acid and a biologically active ingredient to form solid central core particles, (ii) compacting the core particles to form pellets, and (iii) sequentially coating the pellets with an organic solvent and a fatty acid alkali metal or alkaline earth metal salt.

Process of producing purified gamma- and delta-tocotrienols from tocol-rich oils or distillates Howard, L., Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, US9512098, December 6

The invention is generally directed to a process of producing purified γ- and/or Δ-tocotrienols from tocol-rich oils or distillates, such as rice bran oil deodorizer distillate or palm oil. The process produces a γ- and/or Δ-tocotrienol-rich fraction in a high proportion of γ-T3 and/or Δ-T3 while minimizing the presence of alpha isomers from the tocol-rich oil or distillate. The γ-T3- and/or Δ-T3-rich fraction comprises about 95% of total tocols, with the process yielding γ-T3 in approximately 10% and Δ-T3 in about 3%, with each having purity in excess of approximately 95%. The process utilizes flash or other low pressure chromatography to provide rapid isolation of γ- and/or Δ-tocotrienol from the tocol-rich oil or distillate.

Bio-based block polymers derived from lignin and fatty acids Holmberg, A.L., et al., University of Delaware, US9512249, December 6, 2016

The present invention pertains to bio-based block polymers synthesized from functionalized lignin-based molecules (A-monomer) and functionalized fatty acids or fatty alcohols (B-monomer) derived from plant or animal oils, waxes or fats. The block polymers can be synthesized via numerous polymerization techniques, such as reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT). Most importantly, this class of bio-based block polymers shows promise as providing sustainable yet scalable and tunable thermoplastic elastomers and pressure-sensitive adhesives, among other applications.

Enzymatic process for fat and oil hydrolysis Lali, A.M., et al., Institute of Chemical Technology (Deemed University), US9512451, December 6, 2016

An efficient process for enzymatic hydrolysis of fats and oils in a homogenous mixture is provided herein. The present invention in particular provides a process for production of fatty acids, sn-regio mono-acylglycerol (MAG), sn-regio di-acyl-glycerols (DAG), and glycerol from fats, wherein more than 98% fats can be converted into the desired product. The present invention also provides a process for the production of fatty acids and glycerol, virtually free of sn-regio diacyl-glycerols (DAG) and comprising less than 5% sn-regio mono-acylglycerol (MAG) in the end product.

Composition and process for baked food products to impart the sensorial attributes of fried food products Wang, Y- J., et al., Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, US9516885, December 13, 2016

A composition and process for cooked food products is provided to impart the sensorial attributes of fried food products. The composition is in the form of a batter coating, either powdered or wet, which is applied to a food product, and when cooked, has the taste, texture, and appearance of a fried food product. The batter coating includes at least an enzyme-modified starch or flour or other starch-containing material having oil absorbing capabilities. The enzyme-modified starch is plated with a liquid cooking oil in order to bring the liquid cooking oil into the process, and the batter coating retains the incorporated liquid cooking oil during processing to impart a fat fried texture, appearance and taste to the cooked food product.

Dispersants having biobased compounds Baseeth, S.S., et al., Archer Daniels Midland Co., US9517442, December 13, 2016

The present disclosure is directed to compositions having lecithin and an organic acid and related methods. The disclosed compositions may also include one or more co-surfactants such as anionic surfactants and/or non-ionic surfactants, and may be used as a dispersant.

Bioderived based plasticizers Boday, D.J., et al., International Business Machines Corp., US9518167, December 13, 2016

A bioderived based plasticizer is produced by reacting a bioderived diol (and/or a bioderived alcohol) and a bioderived carboxylic acid in the presence of N,N′-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC), wherein the bioderived carboxylic acid includes a hydrolyzed oil. The bioderived carboxylic acid (e.g., linoleic acid, α-linolenic acid, oleic acid, and mixtures thereof) may be produced by hydrolyzing a triglyceride, such as canola oil, linseed oil, soybean oil, and mixtures thereof. In one embodiment of the present invention, a bioderived based plasticizer is produced by reacting 2,5-bis-(hydroxymethyl)furan and α-linolenic acid in the presence of DCC. In some embodiments of the present invention, the bioderived based plasticizer is blended into one or more polymers.

Cocoa bean processing methods and techniques Huehn, T., et al., ODC Lizenz AG, US9526264, December 27, 2016

Improved methods and/or techniques for processing and/or extracting materials from cocoa beans. In certain embodiments, cocoa bean processing methods (e.g., using unfermented or fermented or roasted or non-roasted beans) which result in cocoa products with improved taste characteristics and/or increased levels of anti-oxidants and/or vitamins.

Pharmaceutical lipid compositions Johnsson, M., et al., Camurus AB, US9526788, December 27, 2016

The present invention relates to a particulate composition containing; a) 5–90% of at least one phosphatidyl choline component b) 5–90% of at least one diacyl glycerol component, at least one tocopherol, or mixtures thereof, and c) 1–40% of at least one non-ionic stabilizing amphiphile, where all parts are by weight relative to the sum of the weights of a+b+c and where the composition contains particles of at least one non-lamellar phase structure or forms particles of at least one non-lamellar phase structure when contacted with an aqueous fluid. The invention additionally relates to pharmaceutical formulations containing such compositions, methods for their formation and methods of treatment comprising their administration.

Catalytic purification of fatty acid alkyl esters used in fuels Schmidt, S.R., et al., W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn., US9528059, December 27, 2016

The process of this invention removes impurities from transesterification products comprising primarily fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAE) that are being processed for final fuel products, such as biodiesel. The inventive process is catalytic, and the resulting ester is suitable for use as biodiesel. Metal oxide and mixed metal oxide catalysts are particularly suitable. The invention is particularly suitable for treating fatty acid alkyl ester compositions comprising impurities such as glycerin, sterol glycosides, and/or triglyceride, diglyceride and/or monoglyceride. The invention is particularly useful in treating FAAE transesterification products made using homogeneous alkali catalysts. The treated ester exhibits improved performance under cold weather conditions, which can be measured by methods such as ASTM 7501 Cold Soak Filtration Test (CSFT).

Metabolic imprinting effects of specifically designed lipid component Van Der Beek, E.M., et al., N.V. Nutricia, US9532966, January 3, 2017

The invention relates to the use of specifically designed lipid component with optimal fatty acid profile, an enhanced portion of the palmitic acid residues in the sn-2 position, and present as lipid globules with a phospholipid coating for an early in life diet for improving the development of a healthy body composition, in particular prevention of obesity, later in life.

Methods of direct addition of (meth) acrylic acid to bio-based oils Colby, J.L., et al., 3M Innovative Properties Co., US9533935, January 3, 2017

(Meth)acrylates are prepared in a single-step method from a mixture of (meth)acrylic acid and at least one biobased oil and/or its derivative(s), including at least one unsaturation. The (meth)acrylates are made by directly adding the (meth)acrylic acid to the biobased oil by reacting in the presence of an acid catalyst, including an inorganic or organic acid having at least one oxygen atom present thereon and which possesses at least one acid functionality having an ionization constant in water which is not greater than 3.

Hydraulic fluids and fire-resistant fluids comprising glycerin containing by-products Tran, B.O., et al., Nalco Co., US9534189, January 3, 2017

Hydraulic fluid and fire-resistant fluid compositions and methods of using the compositions are provided. In an embodiment, the present invention provides a method of utilizing fire-resistant fluid in hydraulic systems. For example, the method can comprise utilizing fire-resistant fluid in hydraulic systems of casters found in steel mills, in an environment where fire safety is of concern. The fire-resistant composition can comprise one or more glycerin by-products derived from a biodiesel manufacturing process. The fire-resistant composition can also comprise one or more glycerin by-products of transesterification reactions involving triglycerides. The fire-resistant fluid can be added to hydraulic systems as a solution.

Low saturated-fat sunflower and associated methods Gerdes, J.T., et al., Dow AgroSciences LLC, US9538715, January 10, 2017

Provided are sunflowers, parts thereof, cultures of, and seeds that are capable of producing sunflower oil that is low in saturated fat and, optionally, high in linoleic acid as well as associated methods.

Emulsion Haug, I., et al., Ayanda Group AS, January 10, 2017

The invention relates to an orally administrable chewable composition in unit dosage form comprising an oil-in-water emulsion in which the aqueous phase is gelled and in which the oil phase comprises a physiologically tolerable unsaturated fatty acid ester.

Highly unsaturated fatty acid or highly unsaturated fatty acid ethyl ester with reduced environmental pollutants, and method for producing same Doisaki, N., et al., Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., US9540306, January 10, 2017

A highly unsaturated fatty acid or a highly unsaturated fatty acid ethyl ester that has been produced using as a feedstock oil a fat or oil that contains highly unsaturated fatty acids as constituent fatty acids and which has been reduced in the contents of environmental pollutants, wherein among the dioxins contained, polychlorinated dibenzoparadioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) are contained in amounts of less than 0.05 pg–TEQ/g and coplanar PCBs (Co-PCBs) in amounts of less than 0.03 pg–TEQ/g. Also disclosed is a method for producing the highly unsaturated fatty acid or highly unsaturated fatty acid ethyl ester by the steps of removing free fatty acids and environmental pollutants by thin-film distillation from a feedstock oil, ethyl esterifying the resulting fat or oil, and refining the same by rectification and column chromatography.

Energy-curable news ink containing soy oil Balmer, R.P., et al., Flint Group US LLC, US9540528, January 10, 2017

An energy curable ink composition comprising an acrylate-functional derivative of soybean oil and one or more further acrylate-functional materials is suitable for printing on a cold-set lithographic press and is cured by exposure to an actinic radiation source located on the press.

Oxidized mixture of bio-based material and asphalt, a bio-based asphaltic material, and methods of making the same Kalkanoglu, H.M., et al., Certainteed Corp., US9540544, January 10, 2017

A method of forming an asphalt mixture can include mixing a bio-source material and a bitumen source to form a bitumen mixture. The bitumen mixture can be mixed with a catalyst to form the asphalt mixture. Particles can be added to the asphalt mixture to form a roofing-grade asphalt mixture. In an embodiment, the bitumen source material can have a softening point of at least approximately 93˚C and a penetration distance no greater than approximately 25 dmm. In another embodiment, the roofing-grade asphalt mixture can have a softening point of at least approximately 104˚C, a penetration distance no greater than approximately 12 dmm, a viscosity of at least approximately 3000 cps at a temperature of 204˚C, or any combination thereof. The asphalt mixture can be applied to a base material to form a roofing product. The asphalt mixture can be applied as a pavement product.

Natural based branched compositions Kauffman, W.J., Armstrong World Industries, Inc., US9546126, January 17, 2017

A linoleum composition including a dendritic substituent comprising (i) a polyfunctional core including a plurality of primary branches extending from the core and (ii) a plurality of dendritic branches extending from the plurality of primary branches, and each dendritic branch having an unsaturated functionality.

Sheet-fed offset printing inks and varnishes comprising new solvents Pulina, T., et al., Sun Chemical Corp., US9546290, January 17, 2017

An offset printing varnish, comprising a solvent, is provided. The solvent comprises at least one triglyceride with saturated monocarboxylic acid moieties, which solvent is preferably food safe.

Method and composition for long acting bacterial suppression on skin Changaris, D., US9549550, January 24, 2017

The present disclosure relates to methods and compositions for suppressing the growth of microorganisms on selected areas of the skin for an extended period of time, such as 1 hr., 24 hr., 72 hr., or longer. An area of the skin is selected for the suppression of the growth of microorganisms and a microorganism growth suppressing agent is topically applied to the selected area of the skin. The microorganism growth suppressing agent may be comprised in a pharmacologically acceptable vehicle such as an emulsion or soap. The microorganism growth suppressing agent comprises free conjugated fatty acid such as conjugated linoleic acid.

Lipid-based compositions of antiinfectives for treating pulmonary infections and methods of use thereof Weers, J., Insmed, Inc., US9549925, January 24, 2017

A system for treating or providing prophylaxus against a pulmonary infection is disclosed comprising: a) a pharmaceutical formulation comprising a mixture of free antiinfective and antiinfective encapsulated in a lipid-based composition, and b) an inhalation delivery device. A method for providing prophylaxis against a pulmonary infection in a patient and a method of reducing the loss of antiinfective encapsulated in a lipid-based composition upon nebulization comprising administering an aerosolized pharmaceutical formulation comprising a mixture of free antiinfective and antiinfective encapsulated in a lipid-based composition is also disclosed.

Lipase powder compositions Negishi, S., et al., The Nisshin Oillio Group, Ltd. and Novozymes A/S, US9550961, January 24, 2017

The present invention provides a lipase powder composition which comprises a filter aid(s) and a product obtained by pulverizing a Thermomyces sp.-derived lipase immobilized to a silica carrier(s) into the average particle diameter of 1 µm or more and less than 300 µm. This lipase powder composition improves the lipase activity and operability and, therefore, can be suitably used in the methods for exchanging esters of fats and oils and for esterification.

Methods and compositions to reduce serum levels of triacylglycerides in human beings using a fungal lipase Schuler, C., et al., Bio-Cat, Inc., US9555083, January 31, 2017

The invention relates to methods and compositions for reducing serum levels of triacylglycerides in human subjects. In particular, the invention relates to the oral administration of an effective amount of a fungal lipase formulation, to a human subject having borderline-high or high serum levels of triacylglycerides, for a time period sufficient to reduce serum triacylglyceride levels.

Antimicrobial compositions containing free fatty acids Folan, M.A., inventor, US9555116, January 31, 2017

The invention concerns antimicrobial compositions comprising free fatty acids emulsified with membrane lipids or hydrolyzed derivatives thereof, and pharmaceutical formulations comprising same. The compositions can be used in the treatment of prophylaxis of microbial infections. They can also regulate the rate of blood clotting rendering them suitable for incorporation in catheter locking solutions and for use in wound care.

Porous structure for forming anti-fingerprint coating, method of forming anti-fingerprint coating, substrate comprising the anti-finger-print coating formed by the method, and product comprising the substrate Lee, E.J., et al., LG Chem, Ltd., US9556341, January 31, 2017

Provided are a porous structure for forming anti-fingerprint coating capable of providing a self-cleaning function to a surface of a substrate, a method of forming anti-fingerprint coating using the same, an anti-fingerprint coated substrate prepared by the same method, and a product including the same. When the porous structure including a lipolytic enzyme is formed on the surface of the substrate, contaminants decomposed by an enzyme are absorbed into a pore, and thus anti-fingerprint coating may be more effectively performed to remove detectable contamination from a surface of the substrate. As a result, contamination by fingerprints on the surface of a display device, the appearance of an electronic device, or building materials can be effectively reduced.

Blown and stripped plant-based oils Hora, M.J., et al., Cargill, Inc., US9556398, January 31, 2017

A method for producing a high viscosity, low volatiles blown stripped plant-based oil is provided. The method may include the steps of: (i) obtaining a plant-based oil; (ii) heating the oil to at least 90C; (iii) passing air through the heated oil to produce a blown oil having a viscosity of at least 200 cSt at 40C; (iv) stripping the blown oil from step (iii) to reduce an acid value of the blown oil to from 5 mg KOH/g to about 9 mg KOH/g; (v) adding a polyol to the stripped oil from (iv), and (vi) stripping the oil from step (v) to reduce the acid value of the oil to less than 5.0 mg KOH/g or less.

Method for producing EPA-enriched oil and DHA-enriched oil Furihata, K., et al., Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., US9556401, January 31, 2017

Alcoholysis of oils and fats containing EPA and DHA is performed by a lipase having substrate specificity for fatty acids having 18 carbons or less and in the presence of a reaction additive such as magnesium oxide; then the glyceride fraction is separated; alcoholysis of the glyceride fraction is performed by a lipase having substrate specificity for fatty acids having 20 carbons or less and in the presence of a reaction additive such as magnesium oxide; and EPA-enriched oil and DHA-enriched oil are simultaneously obtained.

Hydroformylation of triglycerides in a self-emulsifying medium Hapiot, F., et al., Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Universite D'Artois, US9556402, January 31, 2017

The invention relates to a method for the hydroformnylation of triglycerides by homogeneous catalysis in the presence of at least one substituted cyclodextrin, said method comprising a step a) of combining, under agitation, at least one catalyst, waiter, at least one unsaturated triglyceride and said substituted cyclodextrin, in the presence of gaseous hydrogen and carbon monoxide, said step being carried out in reactive conditions allowing the formation of an emulsion during the agitation and a decanting of the products once the agitation has stopped.

Lipid compositions for the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders and the promotion of intestinal development and maturation Bar Yosef, et al., Enzymotec Ltd., US9561207, February 7, 2017

The present invention provides a use of a lipid composition for the preparation of a nutritional, pharmaceutical, or nutraceutical composition, or a functional food, for the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders, and for promoting intestinal development, maturation, adaptation, and differentiation.

Cosmetic composition and method for making the same Constantine , et al., Cosmetic Warriors Ltd., US9561173, February 7, 2017

A solid cosmetic composition includes (i) an outer layer having (a) a hard vegetable butter in an amount of 10 to 45 wt.% based on the outer layer, and (b) a soft vegetable butter in an amount of 55 to 80 wt.% based on the outer layer. The composition also includes an (ii) inner core which is (a) a soft vegetable butter composition; (b) a fondant; or (c) a liquid cosmetic.

Method for the fractionation of phospholipids from phospholipid-containing material Bruecher, et al., Cargill, Inc., US9567356, February 14, 2017

The present invention relates to a counter-current extraction process involving a plurality of mixing and separation stages for fractionating a phospholipid-containing feed material into two or more fractions enriched in one or more phospholipids, comprising (a) contacting the phospholipid-containing starting material under agitation with an extractant comprising an aliphatic alcohol selected from C1 to C3 alcohols; (b) separating the obtained emulsion into a phospholipid-enriched extract from a residual raffinate.

Polymer-liposome nanocomposite composition for percutaneous absorption, and method for preparing same Park, et al., Amorepacific Corp., US9572769, February 21, 2017

Provided are a polymer/liposome nanocomposite composition comprising lipids and poly(amino acids), and a method for preparing same. The polymer/liposome nanocomposite composition has excellent formation stability with respect to surfactants and salts, and can be used in various ways as a drug delivery system in the fields of medicine and cosmetics.

Tropicalizing agent Whitehouse, Nestec S.A., US9572358, February 21, 2017

Use of particles of insoluble water-absorbing food ingredient, such as dietary fiber, as carrier for a humectant, such as water of glycerol, for the introduction of the humectant into a chocolate product. Furthermore, a tropicalizing agent comprising discrete particles of insoluble food ingredient material, such as citrus fiber particles, loaded with water or humectant. That tropicalizing agent is dispersed in liquid fat, such as cocoa butter. The tropicalizing agent is used to make chocolate products heat resistant.

Compositions and processes for mesoporous silicas having large pores with narrow diameter distributions Akolekar, et al., Dow Global Technologies LLC, US9573818, February 21, 2017

A process for preparing a mesoporous silica comprising contacting as starting components (1) a structure-directing template selected from the group consisting of hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated natural vegetable oils, silicone oils, and combinations thereof; (2) water; (3) silica; and, optionally, (4) a structure-directing co-template selected from tetramethylammonium hydroxide, tetraethylammonium hydroxide, tetrapropylammonium hydroxide, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride; hexadecyltrimethylammonium hydroxide hydrate, hexadecyltrimethylammonium p-toluenesulfonate, hexadecyltrimethylammonium bis-sulfonate, poloxamers having a weight average molecular weight ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 Daltons (Da), and combinations thereof; in the substantial absence of an alcohol solvent; under conditions such that a mesoporous silica having an average pore diameter ranging from 50 to 175 angstroms and a pore diameter distribution that, within one standard deviation of its mean, is substantially unimodal, is formed. The product composition may offer preferred use in, for example, gas separations, sensing, water purification, heavy metal removal, and electronics, where its narrower pore diameter distribution increases its selectivity.

Process for making saturated hydrocarbons from renewable feeds Wang, et al., ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., US9574138, February 21, 2017

Provided are processes for making saturated hydrocarbons from renewable feed sources. In an embodiment, a process for producing a lube basestock and/or a diesel fuel from a feedstock of biological origin includes: contacting the feedstock in a single reactor in the presence of hydrogen with catalyst components including a first catalyst and a second catalyst, wherein the first catalyst comprises an acidic material, a basic material, or a combination of both, and wherein the second catalyst is a hydrogenation catalyst including a hydrothermally stable binder.

Bio-based biocide compositions and methods of preserving therewith Frenkel, Galata Chemicals LLC, US9580574, February 28, 2017

Bio-based biocide compositions containing epoxidized 2-ethylhexyl soyate and a solvent such as epoxidized soybean oil are disclosed. When incorporated into polymers such as PVC, preserved polymer compositions result. The invention also provides methods for preserving polymers, including incorporating these compositions into PVC in accordance with these methods.

Alkyl glycoside-based micellar thickeners for surfactant systems Galleguillos, et al., Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc., US9579272, February 28, 2017

A rheology modifier which includes a mixture of short and long chain fatty acid esters is suitable for use in liquid surfactant-based compositions. A surfactant-based composition includes a surfactant, the rheology modifier, and water. The rheology modifier includes a mixture of alkyl glycoside fatty acid esters including a long-chain fatty acid ester of an alkyl glycoside and a short-chain fatty acid ester of an alkyl glycoside. The long-chain fatty acid ester includes at least one fatty acid residue: R.sup.1(O)O--, wherein R.sup.1 is a C.sub.12 or higher hydrocarbon. The short-chain fatty acid ester includes least one fatty acid residue: R.sup.2(O)O--, wherein R.sup.2 is a C.sub.6-C.sub.10 hydrocarbon.

Lipid and nitrous oxide combination as adjuvant for the enhancement of the efficacy of vaccines Grobler, et al., North-West University, US9585955, March 7, 2017

The invention provides for a method of enhancing immunological responses to an antigen in a vaccine formulation, and for a vaccine formulation that provides for an enhanced immunological response to an antigen. In the method and formulation the antigen is administered with an adjuvant which adjuvant comprises a solution of nitrous oxide gas in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier solvent for the gas and which adjuvant includes at least one fatty acid or ester or other suitable derivative thereof selected from the group consisting of oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid [C20: 5.omega.3], decosahexaenoic acid [C22: 6.omega.3], ricinoleic acid, and derivatives thereof selected from the group consisting of the C1 to C6 alkyl esters thereof, the glycerol-polyethylene glycol esters thereof and the reaction product of hydrogenated natural oils composed largely of ricinoleic acid based oils, such as castor oil with ethylene oxide.

Silicone surfactant for use in polyurethane foams prepared using vegetable oil based polyols Heisler, et al., Momentive Performance Materials Inc., US9587068, March 7, 2017

Silicone surfactants for use in polyurethane foams prepared using natural oils-based polyols comprise silicone copolymers possessing alkyl and polyalkylene oxide polyether pendants. The silicone surfactants yield foams having improved physical properties as compared to other surfactant compositions when used in vegetable oil based urethane foams.

Thermally stable oil-in-water emulsions containing an oil that contains polyunsaturated fatty acids Mai, et al., DSM IP Assets B.V., US9585837, March 7, 2017

The present invention relates to thermally, stable oil-in-water emulsions comprising an oil comprising a polyunsaturated fatty acid, water, an emulsifier, and a water-soluble stabilizer, and processes for preparing the thermally stable oil-in-water emulsions. The thermally stable oil-in-water emulsions remain flowable at a temperature of -40˚C., and are free from a variation in particle size after 9 months in storage at a temperature of -40˚C. to -15˚C.

Additives for improving the resistance to wear and to lacquering of diesel or biodiesel fuels Arondel, et al., Total Marketing Services, US9587193, March 7, 2017

The present disclosure relates to novel anti-wear additives for diesel or biodiesel fuels having a sulfur content less than or equal to 500 ppm by mass. These novel additives will also improve the lacquering resistance of the higher-grade diesel or biodiesel fuels having a sulfur content less than or equal to 500 ppm by mass.

Compositions comprising omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D for psoriasis, and methods and uses thereof Fraser, et al., Pronova Biopharma Norge AS, US9585896, March 7, 2017

The present disclosure relates to pharmaceutical compositions comprising omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D for use in at least one of preventing and treating psoriasis, and to food supplement, dietary supplement, nutritional supplement, over-the-counter (OTC) supplement, medical food, or pharmaceutical grade supplement compositions comprising omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D for use in improving at least one parameter associated with psoriasis.

Production of fatty acid alkyl esters by use of two lipolytic enzymes Abo, et al., Novozymes A/S, US9593352, March 14, 2017

A method for producing fatty acid alkyl esters, wherein a solution comprising triglyceride and alcohol is contacted with a first lipolytic enzyme having a relatively higher activity on free fatty acids than on triglyceride and a second lipolytic enzyme having a relatively higher activity on triglyceride than on free fatty acids.

Oil or fat composition Homma, et al., KOA Corp., US9591861, March 14, 2017

Provided is a fat or oil composition, comprising 50 mass% or more of diacylglycerols whose constituent fatty acids comprise 12 mass% or more of fatty acids having 20 or more carbon atoms and 5 mass% or less of a total content of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, and having an iodine value of a fat or oil of 120 or less.

Process for the isolation of carotenoids Deheri, et al., ShayoNano Singapore Pte. Ltd., US9592499, March 14, 2017

Described herein is a material for reversibly binding to a carotenoid comprising a support coupled to silver ions in an amount to enable reversible binding with carotenoids, and wherein with the exception of silver ions, is substantially free of transition metals. Also described herein is a process for reversibly binding a carotenoid, the process comprising the steps of: providing a support coupled to silver ions in an amount to enable reversible binding with the carotenoid, wherein with the exception of silver, the support is substantially free of transition metals, contacting the support with the carotenoid under binding conditions to bind it thereto and dissociating the carotenoidod from the support under dissociating conditions to release the carotenoid.

Process for producing a lubricant from an epoxy-triglyceride Dalai, et al., University of Saskatchewan, US9593287, March 14, 2017

A process for producing a lubricant from an epoxy-triglyceride comprising treating the epoxy-triglyceride with an esterifying agent in the presence of a heterogeneous catalyst under conditions to produce the lubricant is disclosed.

Cosmetic compositions comprising microalgal oil Yaiser, TerraVia Holdings, Inc., US9597280, March 21, 2017

The invention provides cosmetic compositions comprising microalgal biomass, whole microalgal cells, and/or microalgal oil in combination with one or more other cosmetic ingredients, and methods of making such compositions. In preferred embodiments, the microalgal components of the cosmetic compositions are derived from microalgal cultures grown heterotrophically and which comprise at least 10% oil by dry weight.

Lubrication for drilling fluid Massey, et al., M J Research & Development, LP, US9598625, March 21, 2017

A drilling fluid lubricant includes a crude tall oil product and a derivative of ricinoleic acid that is at least partially transesterified product. A modified drilling fluid includes a water-based drilling fluid in a range of from about 95 vol.% to about 99 vol.% and a drilling fluid lubricant in a range of from about 0.1 vol.% to about 5 vol.% of the fluid. The drilling fluid lubricant includes a crude tall oil product selected from the group consisting of crude tall oil, distilled tall oil, acid tall oil, fractionated tall oil, and combinations thereof. The drilling fluid lubricant also includes at least partially transesterified derivative of ricinoleic acid product. The product comprises at least partially transesterified derivatives of ricinoleic acid that combined are in a range of from about 88 mole% to about 99 mole% of the product.

Method for the purification of lecithin Jirjis, et al., Cargill, Inc., US9605009, March 28, 2017

A method for the purification of lecithin, comprising the steps of: a. reducing the viscosity of lecithin to a viscosity of less than about 10 Pas; then b. mixing the lecithin with granulated active carbon; then c. separating the lecithin from the granulated active carbon and recover purified lecithin. Lecithin substantially free of poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, and a food or feed product comprising said lecithin.

Flexible solid-state conductors including polymer mixed with protein Zhong, et al., Empire Technology Development LLC, US9614250, April 4, 2017

Various embodiments of solid-state conductors containing solid polymer electrolytes, electronic devices incorporating the solid-sate conductors, and associated methods of manufacturing are described herein. In one embodiment, a solid-state conductor includes poly(ethylene oxide) having molecules with a molecular weight of about 200 to about 8 x 10gram/mol, and a soy protein product mixed with the poly(ethylene oxide), the soy protein product containing glycinin and β-conglycinin and having a fine-stranded network structure. Individual molecules of the poly(ethylene oxide) are entangled in the fine-stranded network structure of the soy protein product, and the poly(ethylene oxide) is at least 50% amorphous.

Omega-3 fatty acid nutraceutical composition and optimization method Rosedale, US9610298, April 4, 2017

A novel omega-3 fatty acid/lipid based nutraceutical composition and a method of optimizing said omega-3 fatty acid/lipid based nutraceutical composition. The nutraceutical composition and method is based on the insight that different forms of high omega-3 fatty acid lipids (e.g., triglyceride form, ethyl ester form, free fatty acid form, phospholipid form) have different molecular modes and levels of action. Specifically, the phospholipid form is likely more effective at promoting membrane fluidity and permeability, while the free fatty acid form is likely more effective at regulating cell receptors, such as the PPARa receptors, that are responsible for various metabolic effects including lipid metabolism. The desirability of producing omega-3 compositions that may act synergistically and thus more robustly to improve health and to some extent mimic markers of life extension such as shown by caloric restriction, along with specific optimization methods, markers, and compositions are taught.

Method to produce cake Mastenbroek, et al., DSM IP Assets B.V., US9615587, April 11, 2017

The invention relates to a novel use of a phospholipase A in the production of cake to improve at least one of the properties selected from the group consisting of: (i) batter viscosity, (ii) specific density, (iii) initial crumb softness, (iv) crumb pore homogeneity, (v) crumb pore diameter, (vi) crumb softness upon storage, (vii) shelf life, and/or (viii) cake volume. The invention also relates to a novel use of phospholipase A in the production of cake to enable reduction of the amount of eggs and/or fat used in the recipe.

Asphalt mixture, process for production of same, and paving method using same Moriyasu, et al., Maeda Road Construction Co., Ltd., US9617426, April 11, 2017

An asphalt mixture is provided which comprises an aggregate, an asphalt, a lubricative solidification material and an alkaline additive material that are mixed together. The lubricative solidification material contains a palmitic acid at a ratio of 1 to 15 wt%, a stearic acid at a ratio of 0.3 to 10 wt%, an oleic acid at a ratio of 39 to 59 wt%, a linoleic acid at a ratio of 20 to 48 wt%, and a linolenic acid at a ratio of 1 to 15 wt%.

Method of utilizing tall oil pitch Saviainen, et al., Forchem OYJ, US9624442, April 18, 2017

A method of treating tall oil pitch. In the present method, part of the fatty acids and the resin acids are released from their sterol esters and wood alcohol esters and converted into methanol esters or ethanol esters. The transesterified products are removed from the pitch by evaporation and then condensed, and by hydrogenating the generated condensate the acids are decarboxylated, and the double bonds are satisfied. It is possible to use the present method to produce automotive fuel from tall oil pitch.

Carotenoid oil suspension with high bioavailability and preparation method thereof Xu, et al., Zhejiang Medicine Co., Ltd. Xinchang Pharmaceutical Factory, US9622497, April 18, 2017

A carotenoid oil suspension and preparation method thereof are provided. The method includes the following steps: a) mixing carotenoid with organic solvent, heating the mixture to dissolve the carotenoid sufficiently to obtain carotenoid solution; b) introducing the carotenoid solution obtained in step a) into a vegetable oil solution stirred in high speed by spraying, meanwhile recovering the organic solvent generated during spraying under vacuum condition, then, simultaneously completing recycling and spraying, thereafter, obtaining carotenoid oil suspension; wherein, the carotenoid oil suspension comprises a carotenoid crystal with an average particle size of less than 5 m. The method is applicable in industrial scale with continuous operation and increased efficiency without additional carotenoid crystal grinding processes, and decreases the degradation of carotenoid during the preparation process of carotenoid oil suspension.

Liquid-filled hard gel capsule pharmaceutical formulations Chattaraj, et al., Mylan Inc., US9622981, April 18, 2017

Embodiments of liquid-filled hard gel capsule pharmaceutical formulations comprise a non-emulsified mixture, wherein the non-emulsified mixture comprises about 0.1 to about 5% by weight of at least one active pharmaceutical ingredient, about 50 to about 95% by weight medium chain triglycerides, and about 5 to about 25% by weight medium chain mono/diglycerides, wherein the medium chain triglycerides and medium chain mono/diglycerides are present at a ratio by weight of from about 10:1 to about 5:1.

Convection recirculating fryer for cooking foods Highnote, Pearl City Manufacturing, Inc., US9629502, April 25, 2017

A convection recirculating food product fryer with a fry tank with and inlet tube connected to a heat exchanger and an outlet connected to a magnetic pump with an outlet tube to the heat exchanger, the pump having a driving magnet assembly housing an impeller and a driven magnet, with a ceramic shaft extending through the impeller about which the impeller rotates when pumping oil; an electric motor magnetically coupled to the magnetic pump; a burner to heat the oil in the heat exchanger; a controller to control the ignition and running of the burner.

Production of soluble soy protein product ("S704") Schweizer, et al., Burcon Nutrascience (MB) Corp., US9629381, April 25, 2017

A soy protein product is obtained by extracting a soy protein source material with an aqueous calcium salt solution to form an aqueous soy protein solution and adjusting the pH of the mixture of aqueous soy protein solution and residual soy protein source to a pH of about 1.5 to about 4.4. The acidified soy protein solution then is separated from the residual soy protein source. The acidified soy protein solution may be dried, following optional concentration and diafiltration, to provide the soy protein product.

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) formulations Waibel, et al., Qualitas Health, Ltd., US9629820, April 25, 2017

Provided herein are compositions comprising eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and polar lipids (e.g., glycolipids and phospholipids), and which do not contain any docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) or esterified fatty acids.

Guggulphospholipid methods and compositions Ahmad, et al., Jina Pharmaceuticals, Inc.US9637515, May 2, 2017

The present invention relates to the methods for preparing synthetic guggulphospholipids, their fatty acid analogues and other bioactive molecules. The present invention relates to E-guggulsterone and Z-guggulsterone or mixture of E- and Z-guggulsterones. The present invention also provides a novel method for the preparation of E-guggulsterol and Z-guggulsterol or mixture of E- and Z-guggulsterols from a mixture of E- and Z-guggulsterones. The present invention further relates to guggulphospholipids and other bioactive molecules incorporated into complexes such as liposomes, complexes, emulsions, vesicles, micelles, and mixed micelles, which can include other active agents, such as hydrophobic or hydrophilic drugs for use, e.g., in treatment of human and animal diseases.

Pesticide and a method of controlling a wide variety of pests Newberry, et al., Gowan Comercio Internacional E Servicos Limitada, US9635858, May 2, 2017

A pesticidal composition including at least one substance derived from Azadirachta indica plant, at least one metal salt of a fatty acid and at least one excipient. The present disclosure also relates to a kit including the pesticidal composition. The present disclosure further relates to use of pesticidal composition/kit in controlling a wide variety of pests.

Refinement of oils using green tea extract antioxidants Indrasena, DSM IP Assets B.V., US9637706, May 2, 2017

Disclosed are methods of improving the sensory and oxidative stability of oils (e.g., plant and animal oils) by combining an oil and an antioxidant composition comprising green tea extract and deodorizing the oil. Oils prepared by these methods are also disclosed.

Polymorphism and microstructure of certain triacylglycerols and fatty acid methyl esters Narine, et al., Trent University, US9637697, May 2, 2017

This application relates to the polymorphism and microstructure of certain triacylglycerols and fatty acid methyl esters, and how the properties of these individual components in a biodiesel fuel, as well as their combined mixtures, helps understand the fundamental mechanisms of their crystallization so as to design biodiesel fuels with improved low temperature characteristics.

Certain dimers as crystallization depressants Narine, et al., Trent University, US9637698, May 2, 2017

This application relates to certain dimers as crystallization depressants for biodiesel fuels, and methods for making the same. Such dimers, due to their particular structure and conformation, disrupt the regular packing of linear saturated fatty acid methyl esters, thereby delaying nucleation and mitigating crystal growth. In some embodiments, the dimer includes (E)-1-(1-(oleoyloxy)-3-(stearoyloxy)propan-2-yl) 18-(1-(oleoyloxy)-3-(stearoyloxy)propan-2-yl)octadec-9-enedioate.

Feed processing using salts of fatty acids Mommer, Jr., et al., Uniscope, Inc., US9642380, May 9, 2017

Methods for using water-soluble salts of fatty acids alone, or in chosen combinations with chelating agents, antifreeze compounds, and water for improving the processing of feed materials including whole grains or finely-divided ingredients, which may contain grain, that are mechanically processed, are described. The fatty acid salts may be added to water or to steam prior to application to feed materials, and may be applied directly to the feed materials, or added to grain conditioners known in the art to improve their performance. Treated feed materials have improved lubricity, and thin, strong durable flakes having less bulk density, and durable hard pellets, may be generated with reduced fines. Addition of an anti-freeze material permits the resulting compositions to remain fluid under freezing conditions, while oxidation or spoilage, may be reduced by adding a chelating agent. The solutions are basic and are non-corrosive.

Use of a combination of at least one polyunsaturated fatty acid and at least one carotenoid, for improving the quality of the nails Piccardi, et al., Nutricos Technologies, US9642786, May 9, 2017

The invention relates to the oral cosmetic use of a combination of active agents comprising at least one polyunsaturated fatty acid and at least one carotenoid, for improving the quality of the nails. More particularly, the present invention relates to the oral cosmetic use of such a combination for improving the solidity of the nails and for reducing and/or preventing their splitting.

Oil-based pesticidal suspension Sano, et al., Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd., US9642357, May 9, 2017

To provide an oil-based pesticidal suspension which suppresses foaming at the time of preparation of a spray liquid by an organic silicone type surfactant, and which has excellent pesticidal activity with a small amount of an agricultural chemical. The present invention provides an oil-based pesticidal suspension comprising (1) flonicamid or its salt, (2) an organic silicone type surfactant, and (3) at least one oil-based diluting agent selected from the group consisting of a vegetable oil and its alkylated oil, and a method for controlling pests, which comprises applying the oil-based pesticidal suspension to the pests or to a place where they grow.

Method for encapsulation of an edible oil, compositions comprising edible oil and the use thereof van Seeventer, et al., Friesland Brands B.V., US9649611, May 16, 2017

The present invention relates to a method for encapsulation of an edible oil using whey protein and a reducing sugar. The edible oil comprises long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Also compositions comprising an edible oil obtainable by the method of the invention are provided. The compositions of the invention have good stability to oxidation, good taste and/or odor, and limited diffusion from and into the continuous phase when applied in liquids. The compositions of the invention are particularly suitable for food and pharma applications.

Aerated fat-based confectionery Utsunomiya, et al., Meiji Co., Ltd. US9648893, May 16, 2017

Disclosed is an aerated fat-based confectionery that, unlike a conventional shell-type or tapered shape, has a novel shape, that is, a cubic or rectangular parallelepiped shape having top, bottom, and side surfaces in contact with and perpendicularly to each other, or any shape such as an animal or flower shape having a given thickness, has a light texture and a sharp melt-in-the-mouth sensation, does not require alignment in packaging. The confectionery can be obtained by aerating a fat-based confectionery mass having a fat content of 30 to 60% by weight such as chocolate to a specific gravity of 0.5 to 1.0 and cutting the aerated mass with a heated wire so that the side surface is perpendicularly to the top and bottom surfaces.

Inhibitor of visceral fat loss in Parkinson's disease patients Terada, et al., The Nisshin Oillio Group, Ltd., US9649288, May 16, 2017

An inhibitor of visceral fat loss is capable of suppressing body weight loss peculiarly found in Parkinson's disease patients. The inhibitor of visceral fat loss in Parkinson's disease patients of the present invention contains a lipid obtained by subjecting a medium-chain triglyceride that includes as a constitutive fatty acid at least one of a saturated fatty acid having 8 carbon atoms and a saturated fatty acid having 10 carbon atoms to a transesterification reaction with a vegetable oil. The lipid is preferably obtained by subjecting the medium-chain triglyceride to a transesterification reaction with the vegetable oil at a ratio of 10:90 to 20:80.

Emulsion whippable at room-temperature Dombree, et al., Puratos N.V., US9648895, May 16, 2017

The present invention relates to an oil-in-water emulsion for whipped cream and to a whipped cream obtained by whipping the emulsion. In particular, the present invention relates to a stabilized whippable oil-in-water emulsion upon increasing the trilaurin triglyceride content of its oily phase, and to the stabilized cream obtained by whipping the emulsion. The present invention further relates to the methods for obtaining this emulsion and this cream, and to the uses of an oil-in-water emulsion according to the invention or of the stabilized cream according to the invention.

Hard butter Homma, et al., KAO Corp., US9648894

Provided is a hard butter, comprising 55 mass% or more of diacylglycerols satisfying the following (1) and (2): (1) 70 to 99 mass% of a disaturated diacylglycerol (SS) in the diacylglycerols; and (2) 55 mass% or less of a total content of saturated fatty acids having 16 and 18 carbon atoms in constituent fatty acids of the diacylglycerols.

Methods and systems useful for foodborne pathogen detection Ladisch, et al., Purdue Research Foundation, US9651551, May 16, 2017

Described are methods and systems useful in the processing of food samples to detect pathogenic cells in the samples. Embodiments include homogenizing a food sample, digesting solids of the homogenized food sample, and removing lipids from the homogenized food sample. Cells in the sample can then be concentrated using hollow fiber membrane filtration. Regeneration cycles can enable multiple reuses of the hollow fiber membrane filter. Systems and processes herein can be automated, under the control of a computer.

Lecithin or lecithin preparation having resistance to heat discoloration and a method for producing the same Fujimoto, et al., Tsuji Oil Mills Co., Ltd., US9650398, May 16, 2017

To provide a lecithin or lecithin preparation of which resistance to heat discoloration is achieved without significant change of the phospholipid composition of the lecithin nor of the oligosaccharide content; and a method for producing the same. A lecithin or lecithin preparation obtained by bringing a lecithin into contact with an adsorbent and removing the adsorbent, the lecithin or lecithin preparation having resistance to heat discoloration and having an oligosaccharide content being 50% by mass or more of the content before the contact with the adsorbent.

Compositions for external application, containing adenosylcobalamin for improvement of skin diseases Shin, et al., Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Hanall Biopharma Co., Ltd., US9655916, May 23, 2017

The present invention relates to a composition for external application for improving a skin disease (e.g. psoriasis). The composition contains adenosylcobalamin (coenzyme B12), optionally in admixture with other cobalamins. The composition can be present in the form of liposomal preparations, which are made of a phospholipid and cholesterol.

Colorant neutralizer MacDonald, et al., Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., US9657257, May 23, 2017

A composition for a medium that can discharges organic unsaturated colorant molecules that may stain is described. The composition can quickly and effectively neutralize a discoloration that results from, in particular, blood or blood-based, ink, or grease stains. The composition can remove the stain within, typically about 20–30 minutes, and can achieve color contrast of a .DELTA.E value of about 15–20 or greater. The composition can be adapted for different uses and embodied in various cleaning, stain-fighting, cosmetic, personal hygiene, or medical products.

Process for production of low saturate oils Dayton, Bunge Global Innovation LLC, US9657319, May 23, 2017

Provided here is an enzymatic process for production of low saturate oil, in one embodiment, low palmitic oils from triacylglycerol sources. The enzymes used in the processes herein are saturase enzymes, including palmitase enzymes. The oils produced by the processes herein are used in food products.

Personal care composition comprising a pre-emulsified formulation Carter, et al., The Procter & Gamble Company, US9655821, May 23, 2017

The present invention is directed to a personal care composition comprising a pre-emulsified emulsion comprising from about 0.25% to about 80% of one or more materials selected from the group comprising metathesized unsaturated polyol esters, sucrose polyesters, fatty esters with a molecular weight greater than or equal to 1,500 and mixtures thereof or, by weight of said hair care composition; wherein an emulsifier is selected from the group consisting of anionic, non-ionic, cationic, amphoteric and mixtures thereof wherein the average particle size of the pre-emulsified emulsion is from about 20 nm to 20  from about 5% to about 50% of one or more anionic surfactants, by weight of said hair care composition; at least about 20% of an aqueous carrier, by weight of said hair care composition wherein the composition is stable with respect to one of the following measures selected from emulsion particle size, viscosity, or visual phase separation and mixtures thereof.

Coating composition for the protection of complex metal structures and components used in submerged environments Fink, et al., Oxifree Global Ltd., US9657180, May 23, 2017

A coating composition for application to a subsea component or structure has cellulose acetate an amount of approximately 47% by weight of the total composition, diisooctyl phthalate in an amount of approximately 17% by weight of the total composition, a fatty acid ester in an amount of approximately 23% by weight of the total composition, a vegetable oil in an amount of approximately 8% by weight of the total composition, a stabilizer and a silica amorphous in which the stabilizer and the silica amorphous are in amount of approximately 5% by weight of the total composition. The stabilizer can be either titanium dioxide or aluminum dioxide. The vegetable oil is canola oil.

Process for preparing an oleogel Ergun, et al., Dow Global Technologies LLC, US9655376, May 23, 2017

A continuous process for preparing an oleogel from ethylcellulose and an oily feed material, wherein the process comprises: (a) feeding ethylcellulose to the feed zone of an extruder, the extruder having a plurality of oil feed ports along its length; (b) feeding at least one oily feed material into at least one of the oil feed ports; (c) mixing the oily feed material with the ethylcellulose to form a substantially homogeneous mixture; (d) cooling the mixture to form an oleogel.

Process for producing epichlorohydrin Krafft, et al., Solvay, US9663427, May 30, 2017

Process for producing epichlorohydrin comprising subjecting to a dehydrochlorination operation, dichloropropanol produced from glycerol comprising aldehydes.

Milk-based alternative product and method for producing the same Domazakis, et al., Creta Farm Societe Anonyme Industrial and Commercial, US9661863, May 30, 2017

The present invention concerns the production of a milk-based alternative product, using edible oil to substitute at least part of the milk fat. In particular, the present invention concerns the production of a cheese alternative product, an ice cream alternative product, a custard alternative product or a chilled or frozen dessert alternative product, using an edible oil to substitute at least part of the milk fat. Further, a milk based alternative product, in particular a cheese alternative product, an ice cream alternative product, a custard alternative product, or a chilled or frozen dessert alternative product, and the use of an edible oil, in particular olive oil, for the production of the milk-based alternative product are disclosed.

Nanogel comprising water-soluble active ingredients Ding, et al., DSM IP Assets B.V., US9661870, May 30, 2017

The present invention relates to a nanogel composition comprising at least one water-soluble active ingredient, one or more plant proteins, and one or more soy soluble polysaccharides. These compositions can be used for the enrichment, and/or fortification of food, beverages, animal feed and/or cosmetics and allow stabilization of the active ingredient. The present invention also refers to the process for the preparation of such nanogel compositions. The present invention furthermore refers to a process for the manufacture of a beverage by mixing the compositions with ingredients of beverages. The present invention also refers to beverages obtainable by this process.

Nutritional compositions containing structured fat globules and uses thereof Banavara, et al., Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, US9661874, May 30, 2017

The present disclosure relates to a lipid source for nutritional compositions, comprising an enriched lipid fraction which comprises structured fat globules. The enriched lipid fraction provides fat globules having a desired size and fatty acid composition and may be stabilized by components such as phospholipids, cholesterol, milk-fat globule membrane protein and combinations thereof. Additionally, the disclosure relates to methods of supporting lipid digestion in a pediatric subject by providing a nutritional composition comprising an enriched lipid fraction having structured fat globules that are more accessible to lipases. The chemical composition, size, and structure of the fat globules may improve digestion. The disclosed nutritional compositions may provide additive and or/synergistic beneficial health effects.

Botanical extract from the aqueous stream of the palm oil milling process for the prevention and inhibition of oxidative stress and haemolysis in human red blood cells Balasundram, et al., Malaysian Palm Oil Board, US9669065, June 6, 2017

The invention provides a composition for the prevention and inhibition of oxidative stress and hemolysis in human red blood cell wherein said composition compounds obtained from the aqueous stream of palm oil milling (palm oil vegetation liquor), in particular from vegetative liquor from the milling of palm oil fruit.

Production of fatty acid alkyl esters Nielsen, Novozymes A/S, US9670513, June 6, 2017

A method for producing fatty acid alkyl esters, wherein a solution comprising triglyceride, alcohol, water, and glycerol is contacted with a lipolytic enzyme.

Separation systems for dewatering of fog and biodiesel fuel production Bell, et al., Smartflow Technologies, Inc., US9670429, June 6, 2017

The present invention provides for methods and systems that effectively separate dispersed FOG from emulsions and/or free-floating FOG from a waste stream to provide dewatered emulsions and/or separated fats, oils, and greases from emulsions thereby providing value added separated product while reducing disposal of solid or liquid waste matter into landfills or water treatment facilities.

Methods, compositions, and devices for supplying dietary fatty acid needs Margolin, et al., Alcresta Therapeutics, Inc., US9668942, June 6, 2017

Nutritional formulas comprising long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) are provided, along with methods and devices for preparing and/or administering nutritional formulas. In some embodiments, a percentage of the LC-PUFAs in the nutritional formula are in the form of monoglycerides and/or free fatty acids. In some embodiments, the nutritional formulas do not comprise added lipase. Also provided are methods for providing nutrition to a subject, methods for improving fat absorption, methods for improving cognitive ability, methods for preventing chronic lung disease, and methods for reducing the length of time a patient requires total parenteral nutrition.

Automatic frying machine Kim, et al., Kornic Automation Co., Ltd., US9668616, June 6, 2017

The present invention relates to an automatic frying machine comprising: a frying process part having divided spaces, wherein a plurality of module-type process units which carry out each of predetermined frying processes are detachably disposed in the divided spaces; and a transfer part which is in communication with the plurality of process units of the frying process part and which carries a basket having frying materials in and out of the plurality of process units and moves the basket, wherein the transfer part comprises: a basket which carries the frying material in and out through an opening formed on the plurality of process units; a transfer unit which raises and lowers the basket and slides it back and forth; and a horizontal moving part which moves the transfer unit horizontally.