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 304 issued patents and has 220 pending applications.
Burcon has been granted 72 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:
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.