Industrial biotechnology is the application of biotechnology for industrial purposes, including the practice of using micro-organisms, or biological molecules such as enzymes, to generate industrially useful products in sectors such as chemicals, detergents, food and drink, paper and pulp, textiles, energy and biofuel.
The sector is rapidly growing as biotechnology offers a means to overcome some of the biggest challenges that we face as a society, such as tackling climate change, transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and developing sustainable alternatives to polluting manufacturing methods and materials. Breakthroughs in the sector can therefore be incredibly valuable to a range of different industries and intellectual property protection can help companies to exploit their innovations.
At Wilson Gunn, we have experience working with both academic and industry researchers to protect their biotechnology innovations. Drawing on technical backgrounds in diverse fields, from chemistry and biology to engineering and electronics, our team have sought patent protection for industrial processes involving tissues, enzymes and micro-organisms, as well as for instrumentation and devices used in the biotechnology industry. Our clients’ patents have contributed to significant commercial advantages in relation to technologies such as medical implants, detergents, food manufacturing and fermentation processes. We also have a wealth of experience of bioreactor and biomass processing technologies.
We can also provide advice on trade marks, designs and copyright in relation to the industrial biotechnology sector.
For more information about how we can help you, please get in touch to speak to a member of our industrial biotechnology team.