About This Course:
This webinar presents a rare opportunity to learn the intricacies of protecting plants with plant patents, utility patents, plant variety protection certificates, and plant breeder’s rights. This session provides keen insight into drafting, filing, prosecuting, licensing and litigating plant patents as well as utility patents that cover plants.
The following are among the issues discussed during the webinar:
- To what extent are plants found in non-cultivated areas patentable?
- Where does the intersection of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Department of Agriculture lie in terms of protecting plants with patents?
- How readily can infringement of plant patents be detected?
- How do the mechanics of filing plant patents compare with filing utility patents?
- How do plant patents compare to utility patents in terms of patentability requirements for plant descriptions and non-obviousness?
- In protecting plants, when is it required to deposit samples of seeds or plants? Where must these samples be deposited?
- How do the prosecution periods and maintenance fees associated with plant patents differ from those of utility patents?
- What are Plant Variety Protection Certificates? Which agency issues them? What kinds of grace periods are granted for commercialization efforts that precede the filing of applications? What is the length of protection they afford?
- When filing a patent plant application, what are the requirements in terms of naming, specifications and claims?
- Where does the intersection of names used in plant patent applications and the trademarking of names lie?
- How do the expenses associated with filing and prosecuting plant patent applications compare to those of utility patent applications?
Course Leader: Mark K. Dickson, Ph.D., Partner, phaseM LLP
Mark K. Dickson is a patent attorney specializing in intellectual property acquisition, strategy, licensing and counseling. He has over twenty years of experience helping clients of all sizes successfully navigate the intellectual property landscape. He has represented corporations and individuals in patent and trademark litigation, as well as handling procurement, portfolio development, licensing and client counseling in intellectual property matters for a wide range of industries. His legal background includes prosecution, risk assessment, patent analysis, product clearance/freedom to operate, and litigation. His range of technical experience includes nanotechnology crystalline films, software, hospital medication systems, pharmaceuticals, oil field and biofuels technology, biotechnology and chemical instrumentation, chemical and semiconductor manufacturing processes, plant variety protection, infrared motion detection systems, polymers, and resins.
Course Length: Approx. 1.0 hours
$175 PER USER
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