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Cassie Edgar Recognized

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Chair of the Regulatory Law Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group Cassie Edgar is appointed Vice President of the FIN Capital Investor Association. FIN Capital Investor Association funds startups across agriculture, medicine, and technology that are changing the world.

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Kevin M. Kercher Recognized

Kevin M. Kercher receives the Outstanding Service Award for his work on the AUTM Member Development Committee and Industry Task Force in 2017 and in 2022. He has developed extensive knowledge regarding technology transfer from educational or research institutions to corporate entities.

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Heidi Sease Nebel Recognized

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Heidi Sease Nebel serves on the USDA PVP Advisory Board that helps shape the country’s IP policy for plants through the Plant Variety Protection Act. She also serves as Vice Chair of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC). Chair of the Biotechnology/Chemical Practice Group, Heidi is the 2022 […]

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Drought-Resistant Turf Patents

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Drought-resistant turf requires up to 50% less water and has saved hundreds of southern California golf courses and uncounted lawns. MVS attorneys protect plant patents PP35441 and PP35357 invented by UC Riverside’s Turfgrass Research & Extension program lead researcher Jim Baird.

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Coaxium Patent

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Marketed as Coaxium to farmers in North America, patent 9,578,880 is a herbicide resistant wheat licensed to seed companies Albaugh and Limagrain. MVS attorneys write the license and conduct the trademark for the product invented by Michael Hal Ostlie, Scott Haley, Philip Westra, and Victoria Ashley Valdez.

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Professor Yang’s Patent

Penn State professor of plant pathology Yinong Yang’s multiplex RNA genome editing technology may produce gene therapy to correct defects that cause human diseases such as sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis. He pioneers the successful use of CRISPR/Cas genome editing in plant systems, for which he filed an invention disclosure and a patent application in […]

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Legendary Ruling

On December 10, our firm receives a favorable decision from the United States Supreme Court in an opinion heralded by many as the high court’s broad affirmation of the wide breadth and scope of patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In the matter, Ed Sease represents Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a DuPont corporation, involved […]

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Transforming Business & Technology

In a cover story in May, MIT’s Technology Review magazine touts the biotech patent prosecuted by our firm (Heidi Sease Nebel). The author relates five patents that he concludes will “…transform business and technology…” One of these is United States patent 6,136,320 that we prosecuted on behalf of Prodigene, Inc. The patent relates to edible […]

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Move to 801

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The firm moves to its present location, the 32nd floor of 801 Grand building.

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Hansing and Hartung Join

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Mark Hansing and Kirk Hartung join the firm in 1981 and 1982, respectively.

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