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Intellectual Property

Burcon’s intellectual property strategy includes patents and patent applications to protect the uses of Peazazz®, Peazac®, Puratein®, Supertein® and Nutratein® as functional food and beverage ingredients.

Burcon has been granted 70 U.S. patents for its protein extraction technologies and protein product uses.

Burcon has an additional 43 patents under review by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These 43 patents can be grouped into three categories:

  1. Applications to protect additional novel protein extraction and purification technologies.
  2. Applications to protect the uses of Peazazz®, Peazac®, Puratein®, Supertein® and Nutratein®: for example, as functional food and beverage ingredients.
  3. Applications to protect the “signature characteristics” of Peazazz®, Peazac®, Puratein®, Supertein® and Nutratein®.

In addition to its U.S. patent applications, Burcon has applied to have most of its inventions protected internationally under the Patent Cooperation Treaty of the World Intellectual Property Organization. This would protect Burcon’s intellectual property in some 35 countries or regions, including the European Union, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In total, Burcon currently has 287 issued patents and has 257 pending applications.