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When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
2:00 PM
Where: United States

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Member-Only ASHS Webinar

Date: December 11, 2019
Time: 2 P.M. ET

Title: Evolution of Intellectual Property Protection for Plants

Speaker: Dr. James Myers, Professor of Vegetable Breeding and Genetics, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University

This webinar will highlight:

The intellectual property (IP) landscape for crop cultivars continues to evolve. We have transformed from a system of few IP constraints prior to 1980, to a much more formalized system. Changes in IP have affected breeding activities; primarily, the relatively free and unfettered exchange of germplasm of prior decades has been replaced by barriers and caveats to exchange. The difficulty in pursuing certain research projects in a timely manner has increased. Most plant breeders are familiar with plant patents and plant variety protection, but utility patents have now become one of the most commonly used form of IP protection, especially for the private sector. Licensing now permeates much of the cultivar development process. Its application ranges from the use of material transfer agreements (MTAs) to share germplasm, to “bag tag” licenses that are used in conjunction with other forms of IP.

In a relatively recent change to the process, the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) office is implementing PVP protection for asexually propagated plants. Previously, plant patents administered by the US Patent and Trademark office were the sole option for most asexually propagated plants. The public and private sectors have responded in different ways to this perceived lack of access to genetic resources and especially of elite materials. Public breeders have called for agreements amongst public breeding program that recognize the need to exchange and use germplasm for crosses. New open source initiatives have been implemented in the US and Europe. The private sector has formed consortiums to facilitate the exchange of materials under license agreements.

This webinar will provide an overview of types of IP protection available for crop plants, shifts in their use and proposed solutions to facilitating plant breeding as a cooperative effort.

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