What’s Your Secret Sauce?

A recipe for success when licensing the newest innovations. Across the seed industry, all kind of innovation is happening in private laboratories and at public universities. These innovations come in...

Trademark Talk

With proper understanding and a strategy, trademarks can provide protection and value outlasting that of a patent. Think about cheeseburgers and what comes to mind? McDonald’s. Wendy’s. Burger King. Culver’s....
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SIPA Technical Education Unit Webinar & Podcast – Brought to you by Seed World

SIPA hosted an Education Unit on December 3, 2018 at the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo meeting in Chicago, Illinois.   A Panel discussion updating IP, Patents, PVPs and Branding cases and law...

Does IP Hinder Innovation?

Seed World asked the question, “how does intellectual property impact research?” One expert turned this question on its head. For consumers and even some within the industry, there’s the notion...
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Who Owns CRISPR?

The question is unanswered, but one life science company had the foresight to corral the right licensing agreements from both inventing parties. Who owns CRISPR? That’s a billion-dollar question, literally....

Branding Irons for Wheat

Branding has been a staple of agriculture in the American West for generations. Just as branding and branding irons are still an important part of the American West to...

Zip Up Your Proprietary Data

Intellectual property experts Dana Rewoldt and James Weatherly highlight the basics of non-disclosure agreements. In highly innovative and competitive industries, the protection of intellectual property (IP) is a necessity. That...

The Work Contract: What You Need to Know Before You Sign

Changing jobs? There are a few clauses you need to pay attention to when signing a new employment contract. Seasons of change correlate with happenings of an industry and as...

Mechanisms that Protect

A team of legal experts examine how the seed industry compares to that of other sectors and what has changed. Additionally, James Weatherly breaks down the five primary mechanisms...

UPOV PRISMA Helps Breeders Make Varieties More Widely Available

UPOV PRISMA is the new online PBR application tool. Let’s say you just created a wonderful new variety after 10 years of crossing and selection, and now you want to...

Trump Vows to Stand Up for IP Protection, “Trade War” Ensues

Guilty: One count of conspiracy to steal trade secrets, one count of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and one count of interstate transportation of stolen property....

SIPA, As a Dealer, What Can I Do? I Sell Other Peoples’ Seed...

Okay, it’s true the Seed Innovation Protection Alliance (SIPA) has made the rounds and has gotten the word out about best management practices and internal education for its members....
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Standardizing Plant Pathogen Identification

The Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain Identification (CPPSI) aims to regulate naming plant pathogen strains and races. Consistent naming of plant pathogen strains and races is a recognized need in...
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What’s Next for Wheat?

For more than a century, wheat was the second largest field crop in the United States (behind corn). The area of wheat planted peaked at around 80 million acres...

Protect the Green

As research and development into the advancement of leafy greens has increased so has the level of intellectual property protection — and with that comes confusion about what can,...

Investigate Before Saving

The Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance recommends farmers, plant breeders and companies do their research before using off-patent events. Now that the patent on Monsanto’s first generation of Roundup Ready...

Alliance Supports Innovation Through Education

Members of the seed industry unite to educate, develop best management practices and help increase awareness about the importance of intellectual property. For the past year and half, James Weatherly,...

New Alliance Aims to Further Understanding of IP Protection

Today, Sept. 28, seed companies, laboratories, law firms and industry associations have officially launched the formation of the Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance (SIPA) — designed to create a...

Living in a Post-Patent World

Seed World examines the future viability of generic seed in a post-patent world. Just this past March, the first major biotech trait came off patent, and the possibility of so-called...
Trait Stewardship a Shared Responsibility

Trait Stewardship a Shared Responsibility

Should China dictate what new technologies U.S. farmers have access to? Some of the trading issues between the United States and China have brought trait stewardship front and center in...