2018 Farm Bill: Proposed Regulations for Comment
July 18, 2019
Post by Nebel, Heidi S.

Post By Heidi S. Nebel The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published proposed regulations for comment to enact the 2018 Farm Bill, Public Law No: 115-334, Sec. 10108. As one may recall, the bill amended the United States Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act to add asexually propagated plants as a potential PVP certificate option. As a USDA PVP Board Member, I was privy to these proposed re....... Read More

Big Changes Ahead for Plant Variety Protection (PVP)
May 10, 2019
Post by Nebel, Heidi S.

Post By Heidi S. Nebel The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been hard at work developing regulations to implement the 2018 Farm Bill. The Bill introduces unprecedented changes to the United States PVP system with respect to asexually reproduced plants and hemp. Proposed regulations to implement changes for asexually reproduced plants will soon be published for comment. Those of us with an....... Read More

MVS Obtains Juristat Software
March 29, 2019
Post by Nebel, Heidi S.

Ever wonder if you have been “blessed” with a difficult Examiner? Wondered if your issue in a case has been successfully resolved in another case? Wondered if your competitors are having the same issues before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) as you? Wondered how many cases your competitor has filed? Wondered if statistically your chances of appeal on a certain issue or ....... Read More

2018 Farm Act has important IP Implications
December 14, 2018
Post by Nebel, Heidi S.

Post By Heidi S. Nebel At long last, the 2018 Farm bill has been approved by Congress and forwarded to the President for signature. As I blogged earlier, the bill has important Intellectual Property Implications. The first is that it adds PVP protection for asexually reproduced plants. The  addition will allow asexually reproduced plants, which are now protectable under the US Plant Patent statute 35 ....... Read More

Gene Editing Regulatory Setback
July 27, 2018
Post by Nebel, Heidi S.

Post By Heidi S. Nebel The gene editing world was dealt a tremendous blow by the European Union (EU) in a decision issued July 25, 2018. The shock comes as the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it would treat all gene edited crops with a deletion as outside of the regulations relating to “genetically modified” crops.     Hopes that this acceptance of gene....... Read More

10 MONTH CONVERSION DEADLINE?? New Bayh Dole Regulations a Trap for the Unwary
July 18, 2018
Post by Nebel, Heidi S.

Post By Heidi S. Nebel Under the Bayh-Dole Act, businesses and nonprofit organizations that receive federal government funding, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), or Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, may retain ownership of inventions and patent applications that have been made with such funding. The requirements to retain ow....... Read More

A Commentary on Women in the Profession and MVS
June 19, 2018
Post by Nebel, Heidi S.

Post By Heidi S. Nebel A recent article appeared in the Lexis Nexis news piece “Law360”, describing the dismal results of their annual “Glass Ceiling Report”. The article concluded that there had been “limited progress” for female attorneys in a male-dominated profession. Women have represented over 40% of law school students for decades, according to the American Bar Association, yet, only one in five equ....... Read More

In Memoriam--Michael Voorhees
March 02, 2018
Post by Nebel, Heidi S.

Post By Heidi S. Nebel IN MEMORIAM   Michael G. Voorhees 1941-2018   We are deeply saddened by the loss of an exceptional friend, partner, advocate, and leader.   Mike was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 17, 1941 and received degrees from Iowa State University and Drake Law School. He practiced law in St. Louis, before joining the firm in 1970. He spent the rest of his career with the firm until h....... Read More

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