DGAP-News: Burcon NutraScience Corp.: Burcon Receives Notice of Allowance for
CLARISOY(TM) Composition of Matter Patent
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Burcon NutraScience Corp.: Burcon Receives Notice of Allowance for
CLARISOY(TM) Composition of Matter Patent
06.02.2014 / 11:30
Burcon Receives Notice of Allowance for CLARISOY(TM) Composition of Matter
Vancouver, British Columbia - February 5, 2014 - Burcon NutraScience
Corporation, (TSX: BU; NASDAQ: BUR) ('Burcon') a leader in functional and
renewable plant protein ingredients, has received a notice of allowance
from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an important and
commercially strategic CLARISOY(TM) patent application. The importance and
strategic value of this patent derive from the numerous specific
composition of matter claims that have been allowed. The composition of
matter claims provide protection over the commercially valuable attributes
of CLARISOY(TM). This marks the first ever CLARISOY(TM) composition of
matter claims to be allowed.
A notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office is
a written notification that a patent application has cleared internal
review and will proceed to grant as a U.S. patent.
CLARISOY(TM) is Burcon's proprietary and revolutionary soy-based protein.
CLARISOY(TM) is under exclusive license to Archer Daniels Midland Company
('ADM'). ADM's CLARISOY(TM) line includes a range of products for both low
and neutral pH applications.
'Composition of matter patents are considered to be the most valuable type
of patent because they cover any use of the claimed matter, regardless of
the process by which it was produced or how it is being used,' noted Johann
Tergesen, Burcon's president and COO. 'So, unlike application or process
patents where it can be more difficult to establish that an infringement
has occurred, enforcing composition of matter patents simply requires that
the matter in question demonstrates the same beneficial characteristics of
the matter that is patent-protected. For CLARISOY(TM), these
characteristics, amongst others, are its unique solubility and transparency
in solution, and absence of taste or smell.'
This new patent allowance reflects Burcon's extensive investment in
developing its intellectual property portfolio, which includes the full
range of composition of matter, application and process patents and patent
applications. Including the new CLARISOY(TM) patent, Burcon's intellectual
property portfolio will be comprised of 255 patents in various countries,
with 52 in the U.S., as well as more than 450 active patent applications,
including 85 in the U.S.
'This new composition of matter patent represents a major step in
protecting the intellectual property that supports the unique competitive
advantages of CLARISOY(TM),' continued Mr. Tergesen. 'Our patenting efforts
will remain a major area of focus in 2014, as will be our continued pursuit
of perfecting the science that makes our proteins already so exceptional.'
About CLARISOY(TM) Soy Protein
CLARISOY(TM) soy protein, which is under exclusive license to Archer
Daniels Midland Company ('ADM'), is the world's only soy-based protein
capable of offering both clarity and high-quality protein nutrition in low
pH beverage systems.
ADM's CLARISOY(TM) line includes a range of products for both low and
neutral pH applications allowing food and beverage companies to easily
include up to 10 grams of CLARISOY(TM) per 500mL serving.
CLARISOY(TM) 100 is a premier soy-based protein that offers both clarity
and high-quality protein nutrition for beverages with a pH of less than 4.
Extremely heat stable, CLARISOY(TM) 100 requires no homogenization or
stabilizers in low pH beverages.
CLARISOY(TM) 150 is a revolutionary soy protein for neutral pH beverages
and low pH beverages with cloud systems. The clean flavor and smooth
mouth-feel makes CLARISOY(TM) 150 a formulator's ideal protein ingredient.
For more information about CLARISOY(TM), visit www.clarisoy.com
About Burcon NutraScience Corporation
Burcon NutraScience is a leader developing functionally superior
plant-based proteins. The company has developed a portfolio of composition,
application, and process patents originating from a core protein extraction
and purification technology. Burcon's CLARISOY(TM) soy protein offers
clarity and high-quality protein nutrition for low pH beverage systems;
Peazazz(R) is a uniquely soluble and clean-tasting pea protein; and
Puratein(R), Supertein(TM) and Nutratein(R) are canola protein isolates
with unique functional and nutritional attributes. For more information
about the company, visit www.burcon.ca.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
'Johann F. Tergesen'
Johann F. Tergesen
President and Chief Operating Officer
The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the
adequacy of the content of the information contained herein. This press
release contains forward-looking statements or forward-looking information.
Forward-looking statements or forward-looking information involve risks,
uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results,
performances, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements
other than statements of historical fact included in this release are
forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements
regarding plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our
products, statements about future market conditions, supply and demand
conditions, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this
press release. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to
be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially
from those anticipated in such statements or information. Important factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially from Burcon's plans
and expectations include the actual results of marketing activities,
adverse general economic, market or business conditions, regulatory changes
and other risks and factors detailed herein and from time to time in the
filings made by Burcon with securities regulators and stock exchanges,
including in the section entitled 'Risk Factors' in Burcon's annual
information form dated June 25, 2013. Any forward-looking statement or
information only speaks as of the date on which it was made and, except as
may be required by applicable securities laws, Burcon disclaims any intent
or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result
of new information, future events or otherwise. Although Burcon believes
that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are
reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future
performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such.
CLARISOY is a trademark of Archer Daniels Midland Company.
Media & Industry Contact:
Director, Corporate Development
Burcon NutraScience Corporation
Tel 604-733-0896, Toll-free 888-408-7960
Investor Relations Contact:
Michael Koehler or Matt Glover
Liolios Group Inc.
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