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Protecting Inventions Involving Biofuel Feedstock

Law360 (April 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In the near future, biofuel feedstock patents have the potential to dominate the biofuel patent landscape by covering the most cost-effective means of production.

Biomass feedstock is already recognized as the most significant cost driver in biofuel production,[1] and going forward, expensive pretreatment processes will be eliminated by backing pretreatment technology upstream into feedstock plants.

Analysts expect that by 2015 there may be biofuel-specific modifications to feedstock, such as enzymes or microbes that break down cellulose, directly bred into biomass sources.

As more cost-saving technology is...
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