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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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Opportunities exist to coordinate product development partnerships between ingredient suppliers, strategic partners, and product manufacturers to directly engage more holistically on product formulation.
Corporations can build out venture capital arms—including building dedicated incubators and opening their facilities—to facilitate strategic partnerships.
More frameworks for academic-industry collaboration could help build talent pipelines, create research commercialization pathways, and drive alignment on research priorities.
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