UNIQUE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE CAR OF THE FUTURE
Borit is a spin-off of OCAS and Borit Leichtbau-Technik GmbH. The company has developed a new production technology to make components and assemblies (subsystems) for fuel cells, electrolysers and heat exchangers. The most important market for Borit is the fuel cell and electrolyser one. In the future a fuel cell stack is going to replace the traditional combustion engine for part of the market, allowing future cars to run on hydrogen, i.e. CO2 free. In order to protect its unique technology and to help it set out an IP strategy the start-up called in the help of EP&C.
PROTECTING THE UNIQUE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Borit is active in the manufacturing industry and it is the actual manufacturing process itself the company wants to protect. "The way we make the specific components and subsystems is technologically unique. This results in us being able to meet the higher quality and performance requirements of our customers. Although there is always a certain amount of internal know-how, we still want to protect particular aspects as adequately as possible, for example with a patent," says Luc Wanten, Managing Director of Borit.
A RELIABLE PARTNER IN IP
EP&C's specialists help Borit mainly at the strategic level, but also deal with the actual application. "That does not happen overnight simply because quality takes time", says Wanten. "Just like Borit, EP&C attaches a great deal of importance to this. The specialists work very carefully and thoroughly to come up with a watertight patent". With no less than 90% of the output destined for export, EP&C's specialists look into whether the patent can also be enforced in other countries. "On top of that we are also going to look into whether it is necessary to get even broader protection for our logo and name and how to go about this," Wanten explains.
"The communication between us is going very smoothly and transparently, and that's how we like it," Wanten says. "EP&C is on hand to advise and assist us. In addition to protecting our technology, they help us create added value so that our business can continue to grow. We feel that there is a long-term collaboration in the making,", Wanten concludes.