Notable utility patents awarded to Mary Kay this year for skin care technologies and product formulations include Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Lifting Serum, Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion and Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream. For packaging innovations, design patents were awarded to the Mary Kay Cityscape Eau de Parfum and Mary Kay Cityscape Cologne Spray bottles, Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara and Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler.
"Mary Kay's patents play a key role in keeping our products competitive and protecting the company's unique ingredients, formulas, technologies and product designs," says Sheryl Adkins-Green, CMO for Mary Kay Inc. "The company's global team of scientists utilize the most advanced skin care ingredients and technology available to ensure that women get what they want – innovative beauty products they can believe in, at affordable prices."
"The patent process spurs innovation," adds John Wiseman, vice president and associate general counsel for intellectual property and innovation for Mary Kay Inc. "Because we can protect our inventions, we have an incentive to continue inventing great things."
From inspiration to formulation to distribution, each new product passes through a series of stringent research and consumer testing procedures. Mary Kay Inc. invests millions of dollars in research and development and conducts more than 500,000 tests each year to ensure Mary Kayproducts meet the highest standards of quality, safety and performance.