IP protection

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Please provide a short description of the state-of-the-art and/or current trends in the field? How does the result fit into it?

Tu.A Ltd means to provide innovative analytical services and innovative testing products for traceability and certification of the food and feed supply chains.  At present diagnostic services based on DNA are developed in the field of red biotechnology related to human health. They are based on highly technological but conventionally based techniques such as DNA sequencing and RT-PCR.   Tu.A Ltd  intend to target the field of  diagnosis in the green biotech sector dealing with food and feed traceability and certification. Moreover, the methods are innovative, protected by patents. Conceptually different they can easily release a DNA label that correspond to a code that is specific for any plant species or variety and attributed to food and feed matrices. In addition, the genetic analysis can be backed up and integrated with metabolites search and certification. Tu.A Ltd nicely meets he mounting request for food and feed quality, safety and origin.

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What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?

The gap that is filled relates to the possibility of the new methods to identify in a fast, reliable and cheap way  food and feed ingredients of plant origin, regardless preliminary information on the product or information concerning the genome of the target plant species. Another additional advantage is the possibility of releasing a true label based on DNA banding pattern  that looks like a UPC code and grants the identity of the products. Thanks to its universal application among  plant species, the methods can easily detect contamination and frauds recognizing the undesired, undeclared species. This feature make the methods also applicable for the monitoring of plant biodiversity in territories, niches, gardens and parks.

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What is the potential for further research?

The potential is high and substantially based on the  fact that Tu.A Ltd innovative methods can be expanded in several direction. One is automation through a dedicated platform capable of processing a high number of samples, releasing for each of them a DPC code, Another is provided by the possibility of transferring the method of analysis from DNA amplification and sequencing to DNA hybridization with the production of diagnostic kits.

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What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)

So far  the innovative methods are based on the European patent N. 1144691 released on the 1st of September 2010 and the International pending patent PCT/IB2011/000146 of the 31st of January 2011. In addition, an Italian patent is also released for a metabolomic assay.

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What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?

So far, costs of IPR protection have been taken on by CNR that is the owner of the patents while Tu.A Ltd  members are the inventors. A mutual agreement has been already established that will allow the use of the protected patents for free at the beginning of the Tu.A Ltd activity and then with the payment of a low percentage royalties on the revenues.  Application for new patents are foreseeable in the near future thanks to the current ongoing researches

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What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
Suboptimal

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