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’s intellectual property portfolio consists of

129 Issued patents
81 Pending patents
61 US issued patents
13 US pending patents

Burcon has patent applications to protect its novel proprietary protein technologies that can be grouped into the following 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.