UCSD TechTIPS, San Diego Center for Molecular Agriculture and MoFo present: Protecting, Defending and Enforcing Plant Intellectual Property Rights


La Jolla, CA

Plant molecular biologists and plant breeders develop new plant varieties through genetic engineering, 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:

  • What forms of IP protection are available for my new plant varieties?
  • How can I obtain broader patent protection for my cloned plant genes?
  • How do I obtain patent or plant variety protection for my new plant variety?
  • What is the difference between plant variety protection and plant patent or utility patent protection for a new plant variety?
  • If someone has plant variety protection (plant patent or PVP Certificate) on a new variety, can I use the variety in my breeding program?
  • How do I get a license for a plant variety developed by the University of California?
  • Will a trademark give me additional protection for my new variety? How do I get a trademark? What do I do if someone is using my trademark?
  • How do I stop a competitor from importing into the U.S. fruit from my patented tree or grain from my patented or protected plant variety?

Learn valuable information from our International panel:

Michael R. Ward, Ph.D., J.D., Partner, Morrison & Foerster, will discuss utility patents directed to plant varieties, plant patents and plant variety certificates.
Gregory Einhorn, Ph.D., D.D.S., J.D., Partner, Morrison & Foerster,
will discuss strategies for obtaining broad patent protection for plant gene inventions.
Neal Gutterson, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Mendel Biotechnology, will discuss the importance of developing a strong IP portfolio in an agrotechnology company.
Rachel Krevans, J.D., Partner, Morrison & Foerster,
will discuss strategies for litigating plant variety–related IP issues, including in the ITC.
Denise Lew, Ph.D., Senior Licensing Officer, UCSD TechTIPS,
will discuss procurement and licensing of plant intellectual property rights from the university perspective.
Rosemary Tarlton, J.D., Partner, Morrison & Foerster, will discuss obtaining and enforcing trademark rights in connection with plant varietals.

This invitation is transferable and open to colleagues and guests. There is no charge to attend this seminar. Morrison & Foerster LLP (Provider #2183) certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 3.5 hours.




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