Recent advances in the intellectual property landscape of filamentous fungi
Reviewartikel, 2020

For centuries, filamentous fungi have been used in the making of food and beverages, and for decades for the production of enzymes and pharmaceuticals. In the last decades, the intellectual property (IP) landscape for fungal technology has seen an ever increasing upward trend, introducing new and promising applications utilising fungi. In this review, we highlight fungi-related patent applications published during the last 5 years (2015–2020), identify the key players in each field, and analyse future trends. New developments in the field of fungal technology include the increased use of filamentous fungi as a food source (mycoprotein), using fungi as biodegradable materials, in wastewater treatment, in integrated biorefineries and as biological pest agents. Biotechnology companies in Europe and the US are currently leading when it comes to the number of patents in these areas, but Asian companies and research institutes, in particular in China, are becoming increasingly important players, for example in pesticide formulation and agricultural practices.

Patents

Filamentous fungi

Biotechnology

Intellectual property

Författare

Silvia Hüttner

Mycorena AB

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Industriell bioteknik

Anton Johansson

Mycorena AB

Paulo Gonçalves Teixeira

Mycorena AB

Puck Achterberg

Mycorena AB

TU Delft

Ramkumar B. Nair

Mycorena AB

Fungal Biology and Biotechnology

20543085 (eISSN)

Vol. 7 1 16

Ämneskategorier

Övrig annan teknik

Miljöledning

Programvaruteknik

DOI

10.1186/s40694-020-00106-z

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2020-11-23