Organisation in charge: CETENMA
VALUEWASTE proposes an integrated approach in urban biowaste upcycling for the production of high-value biobased products (biofertilisers and proteins for food and feed). Such an innovative approach brings strategic (bio)resources back to the economy and offers a solution to one of the most important worldwide issues (biowaste management). On the path leading to the development and commercialisation of this concept, the protection and exploitation of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is crucial. Therefore, this document describes the IPR strategy and plan of the VALUEWASTE project.
A total of fifteen potential exploitable results are identified across the project work packages, providing information about their ownership, protection and potential ways for exploitation, and a preliminary timeframe.
The so-called VALUEWASTE Solution represents a systemic solution through the implementation of three value chains following a cascading approach. Thus, a specific Section is devoted to describing the mechanisms for the protection and exploitation of the solution as a whole. It also includes a patent research, providing useful insights on the state-of-the-art and how the VALUEWASTE innovation compares with available solutions or products. A total of 18 related developments published by patent are described.
The report also describes the terms for licensing pre-existing know-how (Access Rights to Background), procedures to transfer the knowledge acquired during the project and deal with confidential results, as well as intellectual property aspects regarding the Dissemination and Communication strategy.
The main takeaway message is that VALUEWASTE features a cutting edge and innovative solution going beyond the state-of-the-art. This represents an enormous opportunity from the point of view of protection and exploitation. Intellectual property assets have to be acquired and adequately audited and monitored to extract their full value. Thus, this Deliverable is to be continuously updated with the advance of the project and generation of results.