Intellectual Property

Burcon’s intellectual property strategy includes patents and patent applications to protect its unique processes, uses and characteristics of its novel plant-based proteins as functional food and beverage ingredients.  In total, Burcon currently has 296 issued patents and has 212 pending applications.

Burcon has been granted 73 U.S. patents for its protein extraction technologies and protein product uses.

Burcon has an additional 34 patents under review by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These 34 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 Burcon’s novel plant-based proteins, for example, as functional food and beverage ingredients.
  3. Applications to protect the “signature characteristics” of Burcon’s novel plant-based proteins.

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.