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A new breed of plant patents in Europe

In Europe, there are two types of IP protection available for plant-related inventions: Plant Variety Rights (PVRs) and Patents. In order to avoid any overlap in protection between these two IP regimes, the EPC...more

Guest Post: Microorganisms, Funk Brothers, Chakrabarty and TRIPS

Both U.S. practitioners and their European colleagues will be concerned about a dictum in In re Roslin Institute (Edinburgh), 750 F.3d 1333, 1338-39 (Fed. Cir. 2014) that any existing [micro]organism found in the wild is not...more

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

Protecting Plant Varieties In Australia And New Zealand

Although the Plant Breeder’s Right system provides protection of propagating or reproductive material of a new plant variety, this can often provide insufficient protection to the plant breeder. Fortunately, Australia and New...more

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

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