Plant Variety Protection Boot Camp

Friday, April 24, 2009
Biotechnology Center Auditorium (425 Henry Mall)

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”.

Presenter: Lisa Mueller, Attorney, Dykema Gossett PLLC