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No Small Potatoes: Patenting Spuds in an Era of Gene Silencing

by Lane Powell PC on

During a 1911 journey—in which he would discover Machu Picchu—Hiram Bingham’s exploration party came across native Peruvians who “lived almost entirely on gruel made from chuño, frozen bitter potatoes. Little else than...more

Additional IP Considerations in Light of Brexit

by Morgan Lewis on

Pharmaceutical and agricultural companies in particular should consider the effect of Brexit on their European patent portfolios. Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are governed by EU regulations and are thus...more

India’s Competition Authorities Investigate Monsanto

Monsanto’s Indian joint venture has come under fire anew for allegedly anti-competitive behavior. India’s Competition Commission opened investigations this week into allegations that Monsanto and its partner Mahyco...more

The European Commission Takes Back the Reins on Novel Food

by Bryan Cave on

In order to update the legislation regarding novel food which has been in place for almost 20 years, the European Parliament adopted on November 16, 2015 a new regulation 2015/2283 in order to respond to the food industry’s...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–DAMAGE CAUSED BY AD ORDERS, TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF TAAF, TPP DEVELOPMENTS, NEW TRADE/CUSTOMS LAW

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Attached is the first half of the December blog post, which covers the collateral damage caused by US Antidumping Orders on downstream US production by the numerous antidumping orders against raw material inputs from China,...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Face Tighter Timeline as Talks Continue

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Trade ministers announced that they will continue negotiations over several unresolved provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a four-day meeting in Maui, Hawaii that concluded July 31. Trade ministers...more

Keep Calm and Sip Some Sparkling Wine

by Weintraub Tobin on

Many who enjoy champagne have noticed that their favorite cuvée has quietly changed its label. Many of the world’s bottles of bubbly now indicate that they contain “sparkling wine” when they used to be “champagne.” Those who...more

European Patent Office Finds Plants and Plant Products Patent-Eligible

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

Seeds Worth More than Gold

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Plant Breeders are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions - Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn...more

Update - Protecting Plant Varieties In Australia And New Zealand

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

Recently we provided a summary of key elements of protecting plant varieties in Australia and New Zealand. In this summary we highlighted that plant breeders could seek dual protection under both Patents and Plant Breeder’s...more

Preventing hidden commercialisation of GM foods

by Virginia Delion on

A resolution stated that food prepared from transgenic products must contain this information on its label, whether or not there is proof that the products are harmful to health. Discussion on the harm of these foods to...more

Intensive Efforts Underway to Conclude WTO Doha Trade Negotiations

by King & Spalding on

Implications for Companies with International Trade Interests Following calls by world leaders at the G20 and APEC meetings in November to conclude the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations by the end of 2011,...more

Commenting the Argentinean judicial antitrust ruling related to Monsanto´s European patent litigation published by GCP

by mariano municoy on

This is brief commenting the only Argentine ruling on the very relevant topic of the interplay between enforcing patent rights and antitrust regulations, which was issued in September 2008 and published by the online...more

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