Aker Australia bags three innovation patents for krill oil production

By RJ Whitehead

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Krill oil harvester Aker BioMarine has added to its intellectual property collection with three new Australian innovation patents.

Two of the approvals involves claims to a method of producing krill oil from Euphausia superba​—or fresh Antarctic krill—to provide krill oil with particular characteristics, while the third makes claim to producing krill oil using supercritical fluid extraction.

These are in addition to four earlier innovation patents from 2012 that covered the extraction of krill oil from denatured products, such as krill meal and powder. 

Unlike standard patents, which require no inventive step, innovation patents can provide eight-year protection for inventions that are “novel over the prior art, are useful and involve an innovative step, where the novelty-conferring feature substantially contributes to the function of the invention​”. This form of patent is only available in Australia.

The low threshold for patentability of Australian innovation patents makes it extremely difficult for a defendant to invalidate them, which is also why they are considered by many intellectual property experts as among the strongest patents in the world.

"We have invested significant resources in the development of technology, which is now maturing into a broad-scoped and enforceable patent portfolio in Australia. This puts us and our Australian customers in a very strong position​," said Lalen Dogan, managing director of Aker BioMarine Australasia. 

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