Plant Variety Protection Boot Camp — April 25

As part of The Graduate School Seminar Series related to intellectual property, Lisa von Bargen Mueller, an attorney from
Dykema Gossett PLLC, will speak on plant variety protection on Wednesday, April 25, 1–3 p.m. in room 334 Bascom.

Here’s an abstract of her talk:

Plant Variety Protection Boot Camp

Development of a new plant variety, either by “traditional” breeding methods or by “modern” molecular modification, requires a lot of time, effort and money. In order to attract corporate interest and/or licensees of a new variety, exclusive marketing rights for the variety may be desired. Some ways of obtaining exclusive marketing rights are to obtain a plant patent, utility patent, plant variety protection or any combinations thereof. The method chosen depends on the specific benefits and limitations of the protection as well as the costs involved. Plant variety protection is the most sought after form of protection for most newly developed varieties.

This seminar will provide useful information for plant researchers regarding the “ins and outs” of the plant variety protection act. Specifically, this seminar will examine the steps involved in filing a plant variety protection act application, including suggestions for collecting the information required for filing a plant variety protection act application and enforcement of plant variety protection certificates, including a discussion of “essentially derived varieties”.