Burcon NutraScience Corp. has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patents for three separate Burcon applications. Two of the patents relate to proprietary processes for the production of canola protein isolates—Burcon’s Supertein canola protein isolate and Nutratein canola protein isolate. The third patent relates to a proprietary process for the production of protein isolates from mustard seed.
“These three patents will further strengthen our already substantial intellectual property platform,” said Johann F. Tergesen, President and COO. “The patenting process—from initial filing through to obtaining a granted U.S. patent—requires expertise, financial resources, and patience. We are seeing an average application processing time of six years for our patents to grant. With 70 additional U.S. patent applications for our range of plant protein extraction technologies in Burcon’s pipeline, we expect our intellectual property asset will continue to grow into the future.”