A patent is an industrial property title which gives its holder an exclusive right of use on the patented invention. This title has a limited duration, generally 20 years. Patents are only valid on a territory determined by their holder.
In return, the invention is disclosed to the public 18 months after the patent is filed. The invention is then known by everyone, but it use is protected. The strategy chosen by REALCO to protect the fruits of its research is generally to file patents. In the water treatment sector, it is of value for new inventions developed from specifically selected enzymes and/or micro-organisms to be patented.
Likewise for the detergent sector, the development of innovative formulations based on the mixing of raw materials (with greater effectiveness than existing products), makes this method of protection necessary. And this is despite the fact that this sector has a significant risk of prior art.
A patent affords a highly significant competitive advantage, particularly in terms of formulation.
Also, filing a patent allows Realco’s credibility to be reinforced.
Over the last 30 years, Realco has constantly innovated and developed ever more effective hygiene solutions.
Since then, REALCO’s R&D department has taken care to protect itself by registering patents in many countries.
The main ones concern one of our areas of expertise, the treatment and elimination of biofilms.