This report provides an analysis of technology relating to algae through the lens of intellectual property (IP). It uses the scale and intensity of patent activity to provide an overview of innovation in the area.
Algae are a diverse group of photosynthetic aquatic organisms. They range from unicellular genera, such as Chlorella and the diatoms, to multicellular forms, such as the giant kelp. Algae are used commercially across many fields including food, cosmetics, medicine, sewage treatment, and as sources of biofuel.