Patents don’t prevent copycats
One of the main reasons cosmetic companies think to get a patent is so they can prevent their competition from copying their formulas. Well, the truth is in the cosmetic industry, patents do not have this effect. It is really a simple matter for a cosmetic chemist to start from an existing formula and recreate something that works just as well. If you have a patent, it’s an even easier task. Substituting out one ingredient for another is not difficult.