As the battle rages in supermarkets over plant-based products, two companies are going head-to-head in the United States. According to , Impossible Foods sued Motif FoodWorks for infringing one of its patents on a product that uses a molecule containing iron. This protein was indeed designed to give vegetable products the taste of beef burgers. According to the complainant, his competitor violated his patent on this replica of beef that uses hemp (molecule that contains iron).
In response to the complaint filed by Impossible Foods, Motif FoodWorks filed a petition with the United States Patent Appeal Board. Above all, she asked that the legal proceedings be suspended for the duration of the procedure. This litigation bears witness to the war between companies in the sector where biotechnology makes it possible to create plant products that taste like meat. According to the , this constant search for novelty should foreshadow numerous legal actions to obtain patents in this vast (and recent) field.