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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

EU Passes Controversial Directive Concerning GMOs

On March 2, 2015, European Union (EU) Ministers approved a Directive previously approved by the European Parliament with regard to genetically modified organisms (GMO). ...more

Food Safety & Nutrition

The regulatory and legislative outlook for Food Safety and Nutrition is, compared to other more contentious and politicized issues, fairly robust for the next two years. At the federal agencies, there will be continued...more

NASDA Supports National Uniform Labeling Policy for Genetically Modified Foods

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) passed a resolution to support a national uniform labeling policy for genetically modified foods (GMO). The purpose of this resolution is to have a uniform...more

EFSA Scientific Network of Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed Publishes 2014 Annual Report

On February 16, 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published the 2014 annual report of the EFSA Scientific Network of Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed, which is intended to inform the public...more

Two More Courts Defer to the FDA in Food “Misbranding” Class Actions

We previously reported Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’ decision to stay proceedings in the Cox v. Gruma Corp. matter while the FDA is asked to decide whether food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms APHIS's Deregulation of Roundup Ready Alfalfa in Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. 12-15052 (9th Cir....

On May 17, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a game-changing decision regarding court challenges to APHIS deregulation determinations for genetically engineered (GE) plants and agricultural commodities -- in...more

A Breed Apart - Crop inventors are seeking to protect their work, even if they don’t use GMOs

When international seed supplier Enza Zaden bred a delicious and juicy new tomato in the 1990s, the world was introduced to the now famous Campari. The globe-shaped vegetable soon became a supermarket staple, but the Dutch...more

Patent Profile: USPTO Issues Patent for Paromomycin-supplemented Turkey Feed for Prophylaxis of Histomoniasis and Improved Weight...

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 8,293,266, entitled "Paromomycin-supplemented feed stuff for turkey and use thereof for prophylaxis of histomoniasis, reduction of the horizontal...more

BIO and ASTA Announce That GEMAA Is Now Effective

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced today that the Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement (GEMAA) has received four signatories, and as a result is now...more

FSIS Seeks Comments on Second Draft of HACCP Validation Guidance

On May 9, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS or Agency) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on the Agency’s revised draft guidance on the...more

Survey Finds That Many U.S. Consumers Have Favorable Impression of Plant and Animal Biotechnology

A survey on consumer perceptions regarding food technology indicates that many U.S. consumers have favorable opinions concerning the benefits offered by plant and animal biotechnology. The survey, which was commissioned by...more

FDA Curbs Use of Antibiotics in Animals

Given our propensity to pop an antibiotic at the first sign of a sniffle—and much of the medical establishment’s willingness to gratify this often unwise habit—it’s hard to believe that the use of antibiotics to fight...more

Washington Policy Outlook (Presentation) - October 4, 2011

In This Presentation: THE MORE THINGS CHANGE. . . - The Usual Caveats and Thanks - Somatic Cell Count Fiasco - Animal Drug Residues Sampling - Electronic Reporting of Dairy Product Prices - Farm Bill/Federal...more

Departments Of Navy, Agriculture, And Energy Release Request For Industry Feedback On $510 Million Biofuels Opportunity

On August 30, 2011, the Departments of the Navy, Agriculture, and Energy released a Request for Information1 (RFI) following their recent announcement2 of plans to invest up to $510 million in advanced drop-in biofuels...more

Home-Grown & Clone-Grown: Why special labeling should, but most likely will not be, mandated for the meat and milk of cloned...

Since advancements in science and technology have made possible the cloning of various farm animals, farmers and ranchers have begun to use this innovation to make their farming operations more profitable. These farmers view...more

Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association v. Michael Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, D.C. Cir. No. 06-5208

Judgment/Unpublished Disposition

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Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association v. Michael Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, D.C. Cir. No. 06-5208

Final Reply Brief of Appellant Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association

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Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association v. Michael Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, D.C. Cir. No. 06-5208

Final Principal Brief of Appellant Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association

This Appeal arose from a challenge to a Final Rule allowing the importation from Taiwan of potted moth orchids. Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association sought revision of the Final Rule claiming that required inter-agency...more

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