Lansing-based Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. today announced it, along with the University of Notre Dame, filed two patents to strengthen its intellectual property protection for its silkworm and spider silk technologies used in the textile industry.
“This pursuit of the seemingly impossible led to a series of first-of-its-kind inventions, including our recently announced Dragon Silk genetic line,” says Kim Thompson, founder and CEO of Kraig Biocraft. “The filling of these two additional patents seeks to protect the creativity and value of that work for Kraig Labs and our shareholders, and goes hand in hand with our commercial market development plans.”
Thompson says the silk produced by spiders is lighter, more flexible, and tougher than steel, yet there was no way to produce it in commercial quantities. Kraig Biocraft Laboratories developed genetic sequences for numerous spider silk proteins.
The laboratory’s newest development, Dragon Silk, is an improvement on strength and flexibility compared to its other products. The company has open patent actions in 10 countries.
Overall, the company’s product line is used in a wide array of military, industrial, and consumer applications.