AREA OF EXPERTISE: PLANT SCIENCE
Those in the field of plant science and plant
research including plant breeders, research scientists, and managers, know of
the amazing complexity and beauty of plant biology and plant products.
Plant-based inventions can be very valuable, and it is important to determine
the best options to protect these inventions.
In the US there are several ways to provide intellectual property protection for
a plant-based invention. The “Utility Patent” can be used to protect a wide
variety of plant-related inventions, such as plant genes, transgenic plants,
mutants, promoters, plant transformation methods, plant
varieties and hybrids, assay methods, breeding methods, isolation methods,
processing methods, biofuel production methods, packaging methods, harvesting
methods, and the like.
Plant Patents provide protection for asexually propagated plant varieties. Plant
Variety Protection Certificates provide protection for seed-propagated plants.
In many situations, it is prudent to use more than one intellectual property
protection option in order to adequately protect your invention. For example, a
transgenic plant can be protected with one or more utility patents along with
license agreements and restrictive use wording.
One should also be aware that the intellectual property laws for protecting
plant-based inventions vary from country to country, and the intellectual
property laws in foreign countries can be quite different than the laws in the
U.S. Further, the intellectual property landscape for plant-based inventions in
many foreign countries is still in the initial stages of being formed, so
changes can occur rapidly. Our firm has extensive experience with plant
protection in the U.S. and countries all around the world. Our firm has earned
its reputation based on the extensive training and experience, both scientific
and legal, of its professional staff.
Our firm has broad and extensive expertise in plant biology and plant sciences.
Our practitioners, in addition to having advanced scientific degrees, have
experience in plant cell biology, plant molecular biology, plant biochemistry,
plant stress responses, algae-based biofuels, plant-based biofuels, plant
breeding methods, genetics, plant genetic engineering, seed technology,
plant-based nutraceuticals, plant-based food ingredients, and plant pathology.
We also have real-life experience in the plant biotechnology industry and in
plant and biology research laboratories, in addition to our experience in patent
law. Therefore, we are better able to guide you in the intellectual property