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

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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