Michael R. Ward

Michael R. Ward

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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European Patent Office Finds Plants and Plant Products Patent-Eligible

On March 25, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) handed a victory to those seeking to protect plant inventions in Europe. The EBA found that the essentially biological processes exclusion of...more

4/4/2015 - EU European Patent Office Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Plant Patents

New Canadian Law Strengthens Plant Breeders’ Rights

In Canada, plant breeders’ rights are a form of intellectual property under the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act of 1990. The intent of the 1990 act was to encourage plant breeding in Canada by strengthening the protections for new...more

3/20/2015 - Amended Legislation Canada

The Plant Variety Protection Act—An Increasingly Important Form of Intellectual Property Protection for Plants

As part of their treaty obligations in establishing International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), member countries have enacted laws that provide ‘‘Plant Breeders’ Rights’’ for protecting the...more

3/16/2015 - Farms Genetically Engineered Seed Patent Litigation Patents Plant Variety Protection Act SCOTUS Seeds USPTO

Bowman v. Monsanto: Crisis Averted on IP Protection for Self-Replicating Technologies

Life science companies in general (and seed companies in particular) are breathing a sigh of relief following the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday in Bowman v. Monsanto. As Bowman wended its way through district...more

5/14/2013 - Bowman v Monsanto Genetically Engineered Seed Infringement Monsanto Patent Exhaustion Patents SCOTUS Seeds

Beineke v. Kappos – Are Discovered Plants Patentable?

In November, Walter Beineke petitioned the Supreme Court for review of a Federal Circuit decision affirming the rejection of two plant patents on tree varieties that he discovered as not patent-eligible. This month, the PTO...more

1/29/2013 - Kappos Patents Plant Patents SCOTUS Utility Patents

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