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, 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 and more cost-saving technology is engineered into the already price-significant
feedstock, the economics of biofuel production will crown feedstock patent portfolios as some of the most valuable throughout the biofuel patent landscape.
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