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Establishing intellectual property pooling frameworks

Intellectual property pools and patent pledges can help member companies contribute to a suite of patents that can be licensed within the pool.

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Description

The intellectual property landscape of the emerging alternative protein industry is rapidly developing, and thus companies in the space are sometimes hesitant to collaborate due to fears of IP leak, especially within the cultivated meat field. This siloing leads to duplicative effort, potential future legal disputes, and risk of knowledge loss when a company does fold. One approach to mitigate these risks is to develop “IP pools” or “patent pledges,” wherein members contribute to a suite of patents that can be licensed under special terms within the pool, enabling greater transparency and efficiency

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