Protecting, Defending, and Enforcing Plant Variety Intellectual Property Rights

19 Nov 2010 08:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

University of Minnesota
Cargill Building for Microbial and
Plant Genomics
Room 105
1500 Gortner Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Anne Hall
(612) 626-2033

Plant breeders develop new plant varieties through crossing, selection, and other breeding techniques.  The intellectual property associated with these new varieties may be protected both in the U.S. and internationally.

In this timely seminar, experts in the field of plant variety intellectual property will discuss strategies for protecting, defending, and enforcing plant variety intellectual property rights.

Topics Will Include:

  • How to obtain plant variety protection for a new plant variety;
  • How to obtain a trademark for a new plant variety, and what to do if someone is using your trademark;
  • Differences between types of plant variety protection;
  • How to use a variety in your breeding program if a new variety has plant variety protection;
  • How to seek international protection for a new variety;
  • How to get a license for a plant variety developed by the University of Minnesota;
  • How to stop a competitor from importing into the U.S. any fruit from a patented tree or grain from a patented or protected plant variety


  • Mark Hermeling
    Quality Assurance Examiner, U.S. Plant Variety Protection Office
  • Gert Würtenberger
    Partner, Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff
  • Rachel Krevans
    Patent Trial Lawyer and Partner, Morrison & Foerster
  • Rosemary Tarlton
    Trademark Attorney and Partner, Morrison & Foerster
  • Michael Ward, Ph.D.
    Patent Attorney and Partner, Morrison & Foerster
  • Anne Hall, Ph.D. and James Rhodes,
    Office for Technology Commercialization, University of Minnesota

Co-sponsored by:
The University of Minnesota's Office for Technology Commercialization




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