BRASILIA, Brazil—Vystar Corp., manufacturer of Vytex deproteinized natural rubber latex, has received a notice of allowance from the government of Brazil for its process to remove proteins, lipids and lutoids from latex.
With this notice from Brazil, Vystar now holds 12 international and four domestic patents related to deproteinization of latex, the company said in an Aug. 5 news release.
"This notice of allowance provides important intellectual property protection for Vystar in the Brazilian market as we build relationships with latex producers and manufacturers there who are aggressively attempting to expand," said Vystar CEO Steve Rotman.
"Now that they've developed a fungus-resistant variety of Hevea brasiliensis and more economical latex harvesting methods, they are well on their way to regaining lost ground."
Brazil is now the 10th-largest supplier of natural rubber latex in the world, and is working hard to regain its market share, according to Rotman.
Vystar also currently holds intellectual property protection for Vytex in Indonesia, Malaysia and India, the company said.